But there are no guarentees that it would reduce the apathy, does apathy even matter?
No, there aren't any guarantees but I think seeing new faces in the side does bring a different dimension to a game. It's a sign that things aren't stale...something I'd argue EFC fans need more than most.
And yes apathy matters, both on and off the field.
On the field I think we saw it ourselves when Sunderland visited Goodison after getting knocked out. They knew their season was over, their fight was for the most part gone. What helps counter that is players who are trying to make their mark, trying to impress.
Off the field, we know Goodison can get pretty quiet at times so again it's a matter of getting people's attention. Giving a little extra interest and reason to get into the game rather than being more passive and waiting for something to happen.