So why is this at all important?
Everton are blessed with one of the most respected production lines of academy players in the country.
Their youth-team conveyor belt continually churns out exciting products which is vital for the Toffees' future and in helping the club maintain its financial stability.
However, for the considerable talent waiting in the wings at Goodison Park, Everton have never been prolific at loaning their products out. Certainly not to the extent as positional rivals such as Arsenal or Tottenham.
In fairness this is generally due to the club's sparse first-team roster, but even a month on loan for one or two peripheral players could prove hugely beneficial.
Playing football in a competitive environment, in front of passionate crowds with jobs and reputations on the line is hugely contrasting to the often mundane settings of the reserve and academy-team game.
Victor Anichebe is a prime example of a player who could perhaps be two or three years further along in his development had he been given an opportunity on loan. The Nigerian's certainly had his fair share of injuries, but he's still managed 150 appearances for Everton, with over 90 coming from the bench.
Jose Baxter is another player who perhaps could have been loaned out a bit more to better evaluate his potential and give him a greater chance to impress.
Seamus Coleman is an example of how a quick loan can have such a positive effect on a young player, and Everton will be hoping Ross Barkley will soon become another.
While the Toffees could not afford to lose all five of these players at once, were they to alternate a couple of short loans, they would surely reap the rewards.