Everton boss Sam Allardyce has made exactly the right call by not moving for Patrice Evra.
Everton were heavily linked with Evra, who ultimately ended up at West Ham United.
However, Allardyce insists that the Toffees were never in for the left-back, and that is the correct decision.
“No [we didn’t move for Evra], as we have Leighton Baines coming back very shortly,” he said to the Liverpool Echo.
“Leighton has similar experience to Patrice, although Patrice is a little bit older.
“I didn't think that would be necessary at this stage of the season. We tried to sign a left-back throughout the whole of January but were unable to do so.”
Everton fans have been screaming for a left-back this season, but Evra would not have been a solution for their problem.
The Toffees need to reduce the average age of their defence, not increase it.
With Baines nearing a return, there would have been no guarantee that Evra would have stayed in their starting line-up for the rest of the season and his addition would simply have been a waste of money.
Realistically, Everton are not fighting against relegation - barring a disastrous run of form - and spending wages to bring in a 36-year-old would have to have been seen as a mistake.
And although Everton fans are likely to continue to be frustrated by Allardyce’s insistence on playing Cuco Martina, Evra was not the answer to their problem.