Everton made hard work of their Capital One Cup tie with Barnsley, needing extra time to see off the League One side.
Much talked about defender John Stones was picked from the start, despite handing in a transfer request 24 hours earlier, as reported The BBC amid speculation linking him to Chelsea.
Despite a valuation in excess of £30 million, Stones was unable to stamp his authority on the game.
Barnsley looked dangerous in attack, forcing a 3-3 draw over the 90 minutes.
Stones was pictured above gesturing with frustration to, but not with, teammate Mohamed Besic after Arsenal loanee Daniel Crowley's goal.
He was showing his disappointment at his side's poor defending, which he was also jointly culpable for, an example of the high standards he sets - but also perhaps showing the pressure of the spotlight which has been on him throughout the transfer window.
This time next week one way or another he will know where he stands, and Everton fans will cross their fingers his future lies at Goodison Park.