When fans saw the Rojiblancos cash in by selling Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas, Gary Medel and Luis Alberto, they must have feared the worst, but what a blinding nine months it ended up being for the Andalusians.
Their luck started in the summer when Malaga were booted out of the Uefa for Financial Fair Play monetary reasons and - as seventh-placed Real Betis had already qualified and eighth-placed Rayo Vallecano did not have a licence to play continental football - Sevilla were given entry into the Europa League.
A dollop of brilliant performances and more than a slice of luck saw them reach the final where, on Wednesday, they took Benfica to penalties and defeated the Portuguese in Turin, giving them automatic entry to next season's Champions League.
A win on Sunday will see them finish fifth in La Liga, too - a significant step up from the back-to-back ninth finishes.
Below, in alphabetical order, are Goal's three nominees for Sevilla's player of the season, based on their club performances in all competitions. Cast your vote in the poll at the bottom of the article.
Signed for €7 million this summer, Carlos Bacca has looked like a bargain considering the pivotal goals he's scored and great performances he's regularly put in.
Although his goals have won many games for the Rojiblancos this year, two of his most memorable strikes came in Sevilla's shock 2-0 win over Real Madrid. The loss changed La Liga's title race for good, signalling the drop off that the Blancos would have.
The 27-year-old, capped nine times for his country, could have a bigger role at this summer's World Cup than he might have expected considering Radamel Falcao's injury. This terrific season will fill him with confidence should he need to step up.
Beto's 2013-14 could hardly have gone better. He was the hero in two penalty shootouts in the Europa League - including the final - and regularly played the role of Sevilla saviour when his defence could not hold the opposition back.
Beto has struggled to find regular first-team football at the top level since breaking through at Sporting. Stints at lower league Portuguese clubs and lack of success with the likes of Porto and Braga made him look destined to be a journeyman goalkeeper.
Sevilla's shot-stopper's heroics in the Europa League final have not gone unnoticed, either. Paulo Bento's named him in his provisional Portugal squad for the World Cup and, having seen him strut his stuff in La Liga and on the continent in 2013-14, handing him the No.1 jersey would not be undeserved.
It is no coincidence that Sevilla's upturn in fortunes have coincided with Ivan Rakitic's best-ever campaign.
The Croatian has been the playmaking cog which kept Sevilla turning. His man of the match performance as they beat Benfica in the Europa League was typically tenacious and he has shown a tendency to turn up for the big games.
When Emery's men were playing well it was often because Rakitic had brought his A game. His rewards for his show-stopping performances are a chance to show his skill in the Champions League and World Cup before 2014 is over.