Transfer deadline day was about as far from seamless as you can get for Everton and Rafa Benitez.
The Toffees were unable to shift high-earner James Rodriguez and therefore, didn’t sign attacking target Luis Diaz.
They also failed to bring in a right-back with Salomon Rondon remaining their final acquisition.
That being said, you can’t say that Everton didn’t try in the final hours of the market.
According to reports in the Netherlands, they tried to sign Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek who has been extremely limited for game time at Old Trafford. That move didn’t go through but news has emerged that they also tried their luck on a Premier League full-back.
Via The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath, the Merseyside outfit lodged an enquiry with Southampton to sign Kyle Walker-Peters in the final days of the window.
Sadly, the Saints were unwilling to entertain any sort of deal.
Considering Walker-Peters was nominated for the Fans’ Player of the Year at St Mary’s last season, it’s hardly unsurprising that Southampton battered away their interest in swift fashion.
However, that eye-catching fact is precisely why Benitez should be gutted to miss out on his services.
With Seamus Coleman’s contract due to expire next summer, the Toffees are in desperate need of finding a younger individual to take his place in under a year’s time.
Everton were interested in a number of right-back’s including Royal Antwerp’s Aurelio Buta and at one stage, it looked as though he would become part of the furniture at Goodison Park.
They missed out on him and also failed to complete a move for Denzel Dumfries who ended up going to Inter Milan for just €12.5m (£10.7m). He was deemed too expensive in a window where Benitez and Marcel Brands were clearly limited financially.
Although Dumfries topped the tree in terms of their options this summer, Walker-Peters would have been an extremely viable alternative.
Throughout last season, the 24-year-old caught the eye with some powerful defensive displays. The English full-back was immense in the tackle, winning 2.8 challenges per game according to WhoScored.
If we head down those at Everton last term, it’s a statistic that would have ranked him second in the squad, only behind the diminutive Allan.
With those factors in mind, Benitez will be sad to miss out on him.