Everton went on something of a shopping spree in Barcelona this summer. They snapped up both Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina for big fees, plugging big gaps in the Everton team in the process.
They then got another player thrown in at the checkout. Everton snapped up Andre Gomes on a season-long loan, paying a reported £2 million fee for the pleasure.
The deal contained no buying option and Everton boss Marcel Brands admitted to the Guardian that Everton could not afford him in the summer, combined with the rest of their spending.
After his early showings, Everton should be ready to send Barcelona a blank cheque for his services.
Gomes, who struggled with a hamstring injury at the beginning of the campaign, has been in fantastic form since making his debut.
The parallels with former Everton hero Mikel Arteta are clear to see. Everton fans have completely fallen in love with the bearded general. His positive style, passing range and deceptive strength have made him an ideal Premier League operator and he certainly looks happy to be on Merseyside.
In the summer, the Mirror reported that Arsenal would have to pay £20 million to sign Gomes, a fee Everton were clearly not willing to pay considering the cost of Richarlison, Mina and Digne.
However, come January or next summer, Everton must find a way to make this deal permanent.