If the Dutchman had managed to procure Giroud, not only would he have instantly replaced Romelu Lukaku, but he would have saved his successor Sam Allardyce needing to spend big money on Cenk Tosun.
It is harsh to call the Turkish international a flop in English football, but he has gone through fallow periods, and perhaps more worryingly, Everton look dangerous with Richarlison or Dominic Calvert-Lewin as a mobile centre-forward.
Tosun’s mixed fortunes so far show that he was a riskier – not to mention likely more expensive – purchase than Giroud would have been.
Perhaps Koeman would have kept his job if Giroud had arrived, saving Everton even more money on sacking him and hiring Allardyce.
That said, there is only so much that a target man, even one who went on to win the World Cup at the end of last season, can do to remedy the troubles of a squad that had too many number tens and too little pace.