Time is a rare luxury in modern football, and new signings don’t get given too much of it before they are adjudged a hit or miss.
A couple of months on from the summer transfer window, HITC is grading the first impressions made by the new arrivals.
Here we take a closer look at Everton duo Davy Klaassen and Cuco Martina.
Ronald Koeman got Klaassen in early as though the former Ajax captain was going to be central to his plans this season, but his signing has turned out to be a giant waste of £23.6m - fee according to be BBC Sport.
Gylfi Sigurdsson was always on Everton’s radar, and the signings of the Icelander and Wayne Rooney have left Klaassen crowded out. He has started only four Premier League games, without scoring or assisting, and has not been named in a matchday squad since Koeman was sacked and replaced by David Unsworth.
In hindsight, Koeman would have been better sitting on the Klaassen money and investing it in a replacement for Romelu Lukaku. Spending big on the Dutchman, when the Eredivisie is not the greatest proving ground for success in England, left the Everton squad badly imbalanced and Klaassen already surplus to requirements.
The signing of Martina seemed to add up at the time. Koeman needed right-back cover for long-term absentee Seamus Coleman, and his former Southampton player was available for nothing.
However, Martina was soon found to be out of his depth, and his run in the team coincided with Everton’s worst results - comprehensive beatings by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, and a home defeat to Burnley.
The Curacao international has been no worse than many Toffees players have this season, but his close ties with Koeman have seen him scapegoated for Everton’s troubles. Martina's free transfer is hardly the biggest mistake made at Goodison Park this season, although his future post-Koeman would appear to be bleak.