THIS month could possibly be pivotal to Everton’s future, for this season and beyond.
But regardless of which players come and go, it’s David Moyes’s comments which I’m watching most attentively.
He has stated quite explicitly that his future at the club is going to be considered after the transfer window has closed.
To me, that suggests his Everton future could depend on what he is allowed to do this January.
His future may also hinge on another Cup run.
For that reason I would ensure that anyone who is 100 per cent fit and bang in form would play on Monday at Cheltenham. The only players I would rest are those carrying knocks or strains.
We don’t want any repeat of Shrewsbury, Oldham or Leeds this season.
Everyone remembers what it felt like getting to a Wembley semi-final and the Cup final itself in recent years.
But more than that, winning a trophy would tighten the bond between the manager and the club.
If David Moyes could satisfy himself that he can win trophies at Everton, that could be enough to ensure his forseeable future remains at Goodison.
A top four finish and an FA Cup final would mark a magnificent season – and hopefully tie Moyes’ future to the club.
Like I said at the outset, this could be a pivotal month for the club.
A couple of incomings and FA Cup progress could be crucial.