Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists that his club emerged from the summer of transfer madness all the stronger for it, which is an assertion borne out by the facts.
The 5/1 about his new charges hauling the Toffees into the top six for the second year running is a big price considering the quality of recruits brought in while the sun was shining.
At the back, goalkeeper Joel Robles should prove an able deputy for Tim Howard and the Spaniard’s displacement of Ali al-Habsi in the Wigan first team when on loan at the north west club last season should serve as a warning to Everton’s number one.
Fellow former Latic Antolin Alcaraz is expected to be fit for the visit of Chelsea after missing the start of the season with a hamstring problem and the Paraguayan, who was picked up as a free agent at the start of the transfer window, adds to an already strong stock of centre-halves at the club.
In midfield Marouane Fellaini is an obvious loss as the Belgian could cover a number of positions and scored 11 times in the Premier League last season.
His 6ft 4in frame and bristly barnet will be missed on Merseyside, but Martinez brought in two players to replace the new Man Utd man, with 53-times capped England defensive midfielder Gareth Barry signed up on loan from Man City and another DW Stadium alumnus, James McCarthy, bought for £13m.
Republic of Ireland star McCarthy snubbed Newcastle while he waited for his old gaffer to make a move and his all-round play last season suggests he will provide staunch competition for Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar.
The former Hamilton Academical player created 36 chances in the Premier League in 2012/13, is strong in the tackle and completed 87 per cent of attempted passes.
That leaves strikers Arouna Kone, the fifth Wigan connection to make the short move west down the M58, and season-long loanee Romelu Lukaku, who was sensational when scoring 17-times in the league for West Brom last term.
Apart from the retiring Phil Neville, Victor Anichebe’s £6m switch to the Baggies is the only other significant departure and despite a decent return of six goals in 26 appearances last season, Steve Clarke’s last minute efforts to convince Lukaku to stay in the Midlands for another year suggests Everton got the better of that deal.
With Leighton Baines still at the club and Everton turning a profit on transfer dealings, the Spaniard can rightly claim to have done good business during the window.