All summer there was talk of how important it was for Marouane Fellaini to remain at Everton for the club to succeed, and how the giant Belgian's departure could derail the Roberto Martinez train before it has had a chance to get going.
But after holding out for a £27.5m fee from their panicking former manager David Moyes, Everton's late deadline day business looks inspired, and what's more, could help Martinez really stamp his authority on his new team.
At Everton under Moyes, Fellaini was the epitome of the Scotsman's style of play, a robust, tough-tackling player in a team that could certainly do the nasty when needed.
However, the Toffees' new boss Martinez is from an entirely different school of football altogether. At Wigan, the Spaniard was renowned for playing a 3-5-2 system that very little others dared to, and one that was aesthetically pleasing on the eye.
Yes, at times it was kamikaze stuff, but it was this kind of bold tactical decision that kept Wigan punching above their weight to survive in the Premier League for three straight seasons under Martinez.
As effective of a player as Marouane Fellaini is, he just doesn't fit into the former Swansea boss' style of play, making the £27.5m sale to Manchester United a no-brainer.
With that money, Martinez was able to fund loan moves for future world-beater Romelu Lukaku as well as the experience of Gareth Barry, while securing a permanent £13m deal for promising Wigan midfielder James McCarthy.
As well as this, there is still a large chunk of that money available should the manager want to dip back into the market come January, and you suspect that the club will be in for a top striker, something they have lacked since Nikica Jelavic's downturn in form after a promising start to his Everton career.
Keeping Leighton Baines was arguably a much bigger concern than Fellaini, as he is pivotal to the counter-attacking style of play Martinez wants his side to play, with wing-backs pushing high up the pitch to join the attack.
After all the madness of transfer deadline day, the general consensus is that Everton have secured some excellent signings, facilitated by the bold move to sell Fellaini.
If the money is continued to be spent wisely by securing a striker in January, Everton could be in a much healthier position going forward, something not many would have predicted when Moyes departed for Old Trafford at the back-end of last season.
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