It became increasingly clear during the last few games before the break which players David Moyes trusts and those which may be appearing on his mental ‘out’ list.
And it was the squad which travelled to the Emirates when ill advisedly he and Mikel Arteta shared a hug he lived to regret and which was a contributing factor in the close down, which looks to be where’s at.
But even within that squad there were a couple of faces who may not be here long term when we finally get the green light to start the serious action again.
So here’s my list of those that maybe Moyes could be looking to shift out should – as I expect – we remain a Premier League club club next term.
DAVID Martin: It’s possible, given the financial pressure on the club – not that David is expensive – that the son of Alvin could be on his way.
RYAN Fredericks: Injury prone and hit and miss form levels have seen question marks emerge over him. Moyes likes to see him get forward as is the case with Masuaku but with Jeremy Ngakia and Ben Johnson emerging the former Fulham’s man days could be numbered.
FELIPE Anderson: The manager has barely looked in the Brazilian’s direction since Anfield having gone with a much more aggressive and punchy line up. He looks the type of luxury player who doesn’t always fit the manager’s mindset.
MANU Lanzini: Not the same player since he came back from that devastating World Cup training injury. The manager declared we needed him back to his best soon after arriving but he has now slipped down the pecking order big time. What sort of fee we would get however has to be questionable given all that.
ANDRIY Yarmolenko: The arrival of Jarrod Bowen has already pushed the Ukranian into back-up right sided midfielder given that the former Hull man was very much a Moyes signing. Injuries have disfigured his £18 million arrival and as the club’s second highest paid player Yarmo could very easily be on his way.
ALBIAN Ajeti: Completely out with the washing. Should there be a bid Moyes will undoubtedly bite some club’s hand off.