January saw David Moyes actively dabble in a transfer market for the first time since 2009, as the Scot carefully tweaked and replenished his ailing squad thanks to a bit of old fashioned wheeling and dealing.
Out went Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Louis Saha, and in came a cut-price Darron Gibson and Nikica Jelavic, with a double loan swoop of Steven Pienaar and Landon Donovan further boosting the squad.
This flurry of transactions was scarcely detrimental to the club's bank balance, as the removed wages and fees taken from Saha and Bilyaletdinov balanced out the overall process.
As most football fans know, Everton are a club in grave need of investment. Without any, the only way new players can be brought in is by selling first. Big money transfer rumours linked to the Toffees can generally be disregarded as pointless, lazy journalism.
Even if money comes in, a hefty chunk would still be needed to help stall the club's spiralling debts, as seemed to be the case with most of the £10 million made from Mikel Arteta's move to Arsenal.
Before January, Moyes had been keen to stubbornly resist all offers for any of his core players through a number of transfer windows, realising it would leave him barely able to strengthen his playing staff.
However, the momentum January's manoeuvring installed into the dressing room, coupled with the excitement it gave supporters, has almost certainly altered Moyes' philosophy for this summer ahead.
He will now surely bring players in. Everton hit the jackpot with the purchase of Jelavic, and with a few extra bodies around him—a support striker and a couple of wingers—many would fancy the Toffees to continue on with their excellent post January from.
Of course, this also means players have to go.
Where Moyes will really earn his money is choosing the right individuals to cast off, without permanently unbalancing his squad. He would have to be sure he could recruit the right players to make any sale transparently understandable to fans, and with new additions, replicate the kind of atmosphere permeating the club since his transfer success in January.
Here are five scenarios Moyes will perhaps be weighing up about how to best negotiate this delicate task. Each with perks, but each also comes with some very obvious drawbacks.