Falling to defeat despite holding a lead at half-time, their collapse marked a seventh loss in their last eight matches in all competitions and sparked ugly scenes around the ground.
What had only ramped up the tension further was the lack of transparency from owner Farhad Moshiri, who was yet to make a foray into the January market despite being halfway through the window.
However, a report relayed just yesterday has suggested that although they have fallen behind in the race for Arnaut Danjuma, they remain keen on signing him all the same.
The Dutch winger had been ‘concretely approached’ by the Toffees, who are seeking out deals that adhere to their strict financial boundaries. Any move would likely be a loan-to-buy deal, which is what their rivals AFC Bournemouth are aiming for too, even with a reported €54m (£45m) release clause touted.
Despite their weakened position, it is undeniable that out wide is a position of particular peril for the 44-year-old who sees the pressure on his job ramp up with each passing result.
With their pursuit of Dango Ouattara scuppered due to the Bournemouth owners’ recent acquisition of minority stakes in Lorient, many would argue that Danjuma represents far better value for a far greater footballer.
What his side is crying out for is a leader and a talisman, who can pull them out of the mire and to safety.
Last season they had Richarlison, and in 1999 it was Kevin Campbell. Now, in 2022, Danjuma could add his name to that list should he make the move and translate his form back to the English game.
The 24-year-old had more than earned his big move, and would receive it through Spanish giants Villarreal. They snatched the trickster and he would help them reach an unprecedented Champions League semi-final, scoring 16 goals and assisting four more in all competitions.
Showing a competency for the big moments on the biggest stage, perhaps his toughest task would be coming in to emulate the heroics of the 10-goal Richarlison from the last campaign.
However, having been dubbed a “nightmare for defenders” by former Premier League marksman Kevin Phillips, he could be the perfect man for Evertonians to latch their hopes upon as their saviour, helping them forget all about Ouattara.