When Ross Barkley moved to Chelsea from Everton, it looked like a deal driven largely by financial motivations.
The Blues had identified an opportunity to snap up a promising English talent for under his market value and Barkley was paid some of what the Toffees would surely have got in transfer revenue as a signing on fee.
Everton still got a fair chunk of money for a player with an expiring contract, whose relationship with his boyhood club had reached the point of no return.
With the midfield riches on show at Stamford Bridge, Barkley struggled last season and many might have expected him to be sold this summer.
Now, he is resurgent and red-hot. He has three goals and three assists in the Premier League so far this season and has got himself back in the England squad.
So should Everton regret selling him? The short answer is no. They have Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is churning out numbers as good as Barkley’s week-in, week-out.
Barkley’s relationship with Everton, in a season where the club were in a state of flux off the pitch as well, was never going to be repaired.
He had to get away from Goodison in order to go again. This improvement would not have come about on Merseyside and Marco Silva should not mourn Sam Allardyce’s decision to offload Barkley.