Then again, this result should come as no surprise, considering Moyes persists consistently with the ineffectual Saha and the want-away Arteta, whose free-kicks were frankly dreadful.
Furthermore, the attacking impetus was seriously weakened with the cull of the Fellaini/Rodwell axis.
To compound matters, Cahill leaves for Qatar, Yakubu is not the player he was and Beckford, Anichebe and Vaughan do not seem to be able to cement a first team place.
Therefore it is inexplicable why the likes of Bilyaletdinov, Magaye Gueye or even Jose Alves Silva have not been given sustained opportunities.
It is imperative within the transfer window the Blues bring in at least two strikers, a creative midfielder and a right-back who can cross the ball.
Players such as John Carew, Nicolas Bentdner, Robbie Keane, Peter Crouch, Emmanuel Adeyabor, Sam Ricketts, Charlie Adam and Stephen Ireland should be on Everton's radar.
If the Blues stick with the status quo then a very competitive relegation battle will ensue.
If finance is an issue to bring players in, then sell Saha and Arteta.
Loyalty should not get in the way of progress.