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Everton’s transfer window came to an unimpressive end on Tuesday evening as the club recorded a profit of £28m following the sale of Moise Kean – leaving pundits and fans alike critical of the direction of the club.
Having only spent £1.7m this summer on Salomon Rondon, Andros Townsend, Demarai Gray and Asmir Begovic, the Toffees have been left behind in the market by their league rivals.
Finishing in the top half last season, the argument could be made that apart from the sale of diminutive winger Bernard, they have not lost any key players.
But, with clubs close to them in the table – such as Leeds – signing Daniel James, and West Ham signing former Toffees’ players Kurt Zouma and Nikola Vlasic, doubts have crept in over Everton’s long term future following their lack of spending.
The club have spent unreasonably and hastily in the past, wasting £80m on Yannick Bolasie, Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott for example – all of whom they have yet to receive a fee for.
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And talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan has ripped into the powers that be in Merseyside – claiming the club is ‘all over the place’
“The argument that Everton are a well run club is difficult to maintain,” Jordan said to talkSPORT.
“I’m incredibly fond of Everton, I’m incredibly fond of Bill Kenwright, but when you lose £139million in the year ending 2019/20 before you even post the figures for 2020/21, you can’t put forward the argument that you’re a well run club.
“If you’ve lost that amount in one season which is 2019/20 – which is before you get into 20/21 where you’re going to be really impacted by COVID, then your losses are going to be significant.
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“You’re going to be in the Financial Fair Play sanctioning territory, that might explain the reasons why they aren’t buying any players, simply because they aren’t able to.
“And if you look at their signings, you would have to suggest that some of those signings aren’t the greatest of signings at face value. I think they’re all over the place.”
Jordan isn’t wrong; this is Everton’s lowest spending summer transfer window since 2011, where they didn’t spend a penny.
Albeit, that was with Kenwright as the owner and not Farhad Moshiri – but the advancement of Premier League money means you cannot afford to stand still in the market any more.
“You’ve got to suggest to yourself that despite my great affection for them, they are struggling with the transition from Kenwright to a billionaire owner that is trying to find his feet,” he added.
“They are trying to propel it to a direction where Everton fans want it, with a new stadium move which will of course be an amazing opportunity for them.
“But they have to get the fabrics of this football club right.”
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