In a team short of genuine class and in the position in the league table that we begrudgingly occupy to sell one of our finest players would be the equivalent of throwing all the essentials off a sinking ship, jumping in after them and feverishly trying to scramble to shore. All whilst trying to furiously wave a white flag.
We'll not know until February 1st who will win the fast developing Chris Samba/Venky's battle (and to be fair there is blame on both sides) but yesterday we got our first look at what would happen without the King Kong of the Congo anywhere near the Blackburn Rovers first team.
And do you know what... It's not as scary as most of us would have thought.
This is not a suggestion that we should part with the captain, far from it, we should retain his service as long as humanly possible as he is still the club's premier centre back but for the fifth game in a row our boys actually showed that there is a chance of survival and even more incredibly against all the odds.
Once again the players turned in a collective performance full of endeavour, passion and fight that they'll need to sustain long past the January sales period and I don't think it's a stretch to say that on the balance of play the full three points were merited at GoodisonPark by the team wearing those rather ugly yellow and black halved shirts.
All the willing participants for Rovers were pulling their weight and for reasons unknown they again busted a full Yakubu-sized gut for the boss Steve Kean (boo hiss).
Is it down to the manager? Many would suggest not but if we're all going to give him a size thirteen when things are going fruit shaped is it not only fair that he runs off with some of the plaudits when the sun comes out for a fleeting moment?
Most of the running was made by the Rovers midfield who took charge thanks to the industry of Steven "The Zonz" N'Zonzi and the vastly improving Radosav Petrovic who IS showing signs of finding his rather massive looking feet. Even Junior Hoilett turned up with a dazzling display of Michael Flatley like feet and at times he was just too much for the Toffee men - maybe someone told him that *insert name of scout from a big club here" was watching?
Even David Dunn was reminding us that he is an asset to the team with some body fat defying movement and creative flair. Just don't stick him on the post when defending corners and we'll be laughing.
And where would we be without a mention for the central defence who in Samba's absence put in a very comfortable display against a strong if limited Everton attack. The returning Scott Dann and Gael Givet looked like an old married couple back there at times, some niggles were evident but the well oiled machine with an understanding shone through in the end.
To cap it all off we even found solid proof that David Cracking Shaft is lethal. From a yard out. With his upper body.
So another week and another reason to be hopeful on the pitch. BIG problems remain off it and by now we all know what they are unless you've been stuck on a remote island with no wifi to hand. But ignore them for a second and think of this...
Eight points from the last five games, the fans doing the (absolutely necessary) demonstrations at the right times, the players responding to the first class backing they've been getting of late and everyone not in Pune, India seems to be pulling in the same direction.
Momentum, how we've missed you.