Everton have endured a topsy turvy season with Ronald Koeman axed and Sam Allardyce appointed his replacement after a long running saga to find a successor.
Now sitting comfortably in midtable but with little other than pride to play for in the remaining 11 games, the Toffees have time to take stock and identify where things went wrong in what was expected to be an exciting season.
Much of the blame has been placed on the club's failure to bolster their forward line sufficiently after the departure of Romelu Lukaku.
Oumar Niasse has come in from the cold with some crucial goals but big money signing Cenk Tosun has failed to impress so far after arriving in January.
While midtable mediocrity is not what Everton fans were hoping for this season, it does give the club the distinct advantage of planning ahead in terms of recruitment for next season.
With Olivier Giroud sold to Chelsea, Alexandre Lacazette sidelined by a knee injury and new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang unavailable for Arsenal's recent Europa League meetings with Swedish minnows Ostersunds it gave former Manchester United striker Welbeck the ideal opportunity to impress.
With a place in England's World Cup squad on the line, Welbeck has not performed to his previous high standards and many have suggested he needs a new challenge and fresh start.
Sound familiar? That's just what fans and pundits had been saying about Walcott prior to his move to Goodison Park and it has been a case of so far, so good for the England international.
Welbeck has suffered numerous injury setbacks and would be a risk if the Toffees did decide to take a chance on him in the summer.
With Arsenal's plethora of attacking talent his future looks bleak in North London.
And Merseyside has a habit of offering struggling stars a second chance to prove their worth.
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