Jordan: Everton are ‘all over the place’ despite strong start

Date published: Wednesday 1st September 2021 5:12 - Jason Soutar

Simon Jordan

Simon Jordan has claimed Everton are “all over the place” and are not a well-run club despite their strong start to the season.

The Toffees kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 3-2 win against Southampton before a draw at Leeds United and victory away to Brighton.

Their business in the summer transfer window was shrewd, most notably acquiring ex-Leicester City winger Demarai Gray for a measly £1.6million.

The losers of the summer 2021 transfer window

Rafael Benitez was controversially appointed Blues boss in June – despite fan backlash due to his previous managerial role at arch-rivals Liverpool.

The Spaniard won the Champions League as Reds manager in 2006, so it is fair to understand some of the Everton fans’ apathy.

Their uncharacteristic transfer dealings this summer is likely due to financial impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, as well as learning from previous mistakes.

In windows prior, the Merseyside club hastily spent big money on the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Cenk Tosun.

And talkSPORT pundit Jordan has ripped into the Everton hierarchy – claiming the club is ‘all over the place’.

“The argument that Everton are a well-run club is difficult to maintain,” he said.

“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.

“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.”

This is Everton’s lowest spending transfer window in ten years, but Gray, for example, has hit the ground running and looks to be a brilliant signing.

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