Everton kicked off their Premier League campaign with a goalless draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park at the weekend.
The Toffees missed a host of chances to win the game and on another day might have left with all three points.
Boss Marco Silva has been busy strengthening his squad during the summer and his team will improve once his new recruits have blended together.
One man who found himself outside of Silva’s thinking once again was midfielder Mo Besic.
The little Bosnian maestro has joined Sheffield United on loan until the end of the season and must use the latest temporary stint as the catalyst to earn another Everton chance.
Besic has spent the last 18 months on loan at Middlesbrough but a move to the Blades hands him a Premier League platform to shine upon.
The 26-year-old has two years left on his contract at Everton and will be desperate to add to his 56 appearances for the club.
Besic only arrived at Bramall Lane on transfer deadline day so was forced to settle for a place on the bench for Saturday’s game with Bournemouth.
He could become a big player for Chris Wilder though and moving to the Premier League is a perfect next step for the 42-cap international.
Ironically Andre Gomes was injured for Everton at the weekend and that might have opened the door for Besic.
The challenge for the right-footed magician now is to have a successful season at Sheffield United.
If the £30,000-a-week ace can do that, Silva must just hand him an Everton lifeline next season and give him another chance to impress at Goodison Park.