After shouldering a way into top-four finish contention only to trip up with the end in sight in 2013/14, last season can only be regarded as a devolutionary campaign for Everton.
The Toffees came fifth after recording 72 points two terms back, but slumped to 11th when the music stopped on the previous Premier League edition, with 25 points fewer.
This drastic decline means we’ve kept the good grades in reserve when it came to filling out the Everton report card for 2014/15, with the most successful members of an especially humdrum class boasting no mark higher than a B.
His performances weren’t to the standard of the previous campaign, but neither where anybody else’s and the fact remains he scored 20 goals and assisted five across all competitions; not bad going.
A typically assist-loaded season for the best English left-back in operation – he set up 13 in total – but, much to the chagrin of the legion of fantasy football players, Baines displayed an alarming lack of character when relinquishing penalty responsibilities around the midway point, which severely hampered his own haul. We’ve come to expect more than three from football’s king of the mods.
The Scot stepped up when others were going through early-season lean spells, though faded when the year progressed into the second half, which resulted in him rarely making the starting line up when spring hit.
Despite the supernova nature of his season, credit is deserved for setting a new personal best goal haul in Everton colours, while all his strikes barring those against Manchester United and Chelsea contributed to the club winning points of some description.
Injury blighted the Yorkshire youngster’s campaign, but when he returned at the turn of the year he performed respectably at the heart of defence, which warrants plaudits given his inexperience.
Another who didn’t discredit himself, the Irish international’s ability in possession shone as the Toffees’ form upturned in the spring.
Nowhere near enough goals or assists for such a highly-rated player though.
A reported Man Utd target before the season started, Coleman failed to perform like the world-class full-back who’d attract such high-profile attention once it began.
The marauding runs and attacking contribution that became synonymous with his game were scantly seen.
Everton’s boy wonder cut a lost character far too frequently, with problems about where to best to play him evident in his constant rehoming in the midfield.
Judging by the standards of the previous season, there’s not much left on the meter for Old Father Tim.
With options sure to be available this summer, signing a new keeper should be a priority for the Toffees’ recruitment team.
Were the likeable Spaniard in charge of most other clubs, he would’ve been sacked after overseeing such a humdrum campaign.
If evidence of lessons being learned isn’t immediately apparent from the off next time around, he’ll be loading those family photos and ‘world’s best boss’ mugs from his office into the back of his car.