Given their current form, Everton fans could be forgiven for looking back on fonder days when their biggest concern every season was not relegation but how close to the European spots they could finish.
However, their crippling truth remains the former, as they once again seem set to be sucked into the battle for safety this season.
Having lost their last three in all competitions, scoring just once, Goodison Park were forced to once again watch injuries ravage them as Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gueye and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were all reported to have picked up various issues against Leicester City.
Whilst the former two turned out to be fit for the weekend’s clash with Bournemouth, it was confirmed that the latter would once again be facing a spell out due to a combination of a hamstring injury and a dislocated shoulder.
This is hardly the first time they have seen their English marksman struck down, which is what called for the introduction of a new forward in the summer.
All Everton need at the moment is a consistent goalscorer and over the last season and a half that is exactly what the 23-year-old has been.
With Everton likely to still be somewhat stifled financially, this is a deal that could secure their safety in the second half of the season. For them, that would be priceless. Kevin Thelwell could finally present them with the goalscorer they have craved to replace the consistency Lukaku provided.