Yesterday it was confirmed that Swansea City and Wales captain Ashley Williams would be leaving the Liberty Stadium and moving to Goodison Park.
Upon his departure, Williams told Everton's official website: "I've had eight great years at Swansea and, for me, the new challenge was something I felt I needed, so I'm delighted to have joined Everton."
Everton moved quickly for Williams after John Stones was sold to Manchester City
While the general feeling among Everton fans is that they have managed to pull off some smart business, particularly with John Stones heading to Manchester City for £47.5 million, Swansea fans and players have been paying tribute as they come to terms with the loss of their talisman.
Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 10, 2016
Ashley Williams Swansea Career. 8 Years Service, 350+ Games, 14 Goals, 2 Promotions, A League Cup and a legend forever #ThankYouAsh— Swansea News (@TransferSwansea) August 11, 2016
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins on Ashley Williams Everton sale: Definitely not something we wanted. He expressed desire for a new challenge— Ikecony™ Platini® (@Ikecony) August 11, 2016
@WayneRoutledge huge huge huge loss to our club good luck Ashley— jeff darracott (@JeffDarracott) August 10, 2016
@SwansOfficial I'm proud to support a club who handles a club legend like this. once a jack always a jack— Jonathan Weaver (@Jonathan_Weaver) August 11, 2016
His ubiquity with Swansea since he arrived from Stockport in 2008 cannot be denied.
Ashley Williams minutes played for Swansea in the league since 2008:— Coral (@Coral) August 10, 2016
28,252 of 28,290 minutes. pic.twitter.com/gejlUbpwf2
Everton are quickly realising what a highly-rated player they have acquired based on Swansea fans' tributes to the man.
For some, the conversation has already moved on to how best to replace Williams.
The 31-year-old has captained Wales since 2012
With the Swans starting their Premier League campaign on Saturday against Burnley - and with pundits such as Paul Merson having predicted that Swansea may be involved in a relegation scrap this year even before Williams' move was confirmed - it is vital that the Liberty Stadium side are not too adversely affected by their former captain's departure.
Swansea showed an interest in James Chester in January. Could they return for the Wales and West Brom defender to replace Ashley Williams?— Dafydd Pritchard (@DafPritchard) August 9, 2016
When Swansea take to the field on Saturday afternoon, they will begin life without their talisman for the first time in eight years. How they deal with his departure will have a huge say on whether or not they remain a Premier League side beyond this campaign.