Everton were dumped out of the FA Cup by a very young Liverpool team yesterday. The Toffees went down 1-0 after a stunning Curtis Jones goal in the second half.
It leaves Carlo Ancelotti to put his full focus on the league campaign and his remit will be about climbing the league table.
Yesterday’s humiliating loss might have left the Italian with plenty to ponder – particularly with the transfer window now open.
Some players might have played their final game for Everton yesterday, whilst others might now face an uphill battle to remain in Ancelotti’s plans.
One of those players might be Theo Walcott.
The £100,000-a-week (Spotrac) man has been handed something of a reprieve under the new boss, although he was largely frustrating yesterday.
At 30, the winger is past his peak and a winger could certainly be on the shopping list of the Everton boss.
One man who he should perhaps look at as a long-term replacement is Hull City star, Jarrod Bowen.
The 23-year-old has shone in the Championship this season, netting 16 goals and registering five assists for the Tigers.
He is out of contract during the summer and could leave if a substantial offer is made during January.
According to The Express, Bowen is valued at £20 million by the Championship play-off hopefuls.
His form certainly indicates that such a low sum would make him a steal.
With Walcott struggling for any real consistency Everton should look to land Bowen and tie down a potential star of the future.
The Hull man is direct, likes to take players on and gets in good positions to score goals.
He would be an exciting signing for Everton and he’s the sort of player that would get the Goodison Park faithful out of their seats.
Bowen probably won’t tempt one of the very big boys into making a bid for him at this stage and as a result, that could benefit the Toffees.
The versatile forward has earned his stripes in the second tier and with Walcott struggling now looks like the ideal time to pounce.