Everton legend Andy Gray has admitted the summer window has not filled him with hope regarding Everton’s future.
The Toffees endured a torrid 2021/22 campaign in which they narrowly avoided relegation by just four points.
With Frank Lampard in charge, the hope was that the club would be able to rebuild this summer while reducing the debt currently weighing the club down.
As a result, Richarlison has completed a £60million move to Tottenham, with the hope that funds could be used to strengthen the club.
However with James Tarkowski’s free transfer from Burnley their only signing so far, ex-Everton striker Gray believes that there are reasons to be concerned, particularly after the club’s 4-0 pre-season defeat to MLS side Minnesota.
He told White and Jordan: “It’s very clear that Everton seem to be at a crossroads now. Throughout my life I’ve seen great teams, big teams and big clubs crash and burn.
“I look at my old club Wolves who nearly went out of business, Leeds United who disappeared from the Premier League and took years and years to get back.
“I fear for Everton that if they went down, that could happen.
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“Once they survived last year I thought ‘job done’. This should never and will never happen again, we can’t allow it to, but the close season has not filled me with hope.
“I do think we’re better than what we’ve seen from the players who are there. I don’t think that the squad is as poor as people say, I just think that they’re not performing.
“The inability to attract new talent has disappointed me. I thought that with someone like Frank Lampard and his backroom staff that it might help in bringing people in and with the arrival of James Tarkowski, does that mean we’ll be around the same as last year? I don’t think so. I think we have to be better and have to perform at different levels.
“I know we’ve lost Richarlison and lots of Everton fans will be bemoaning that fact, but I’m not. I don’t think that his numbers back up what he gave Everton.
“I’m not that disappointed that he’s gone if we invest the £60million wisely and buy other players in.”
Gray then went on to criticise Farhad Moshiri, saying that his judgement is what has led Everton into their current predicament.
He said: “The thing with Moshiri, has he provided Everton and Everton coaches with money? Yes, he has, we can’t argue with that. Over half a billion has come out and so you can’t criticise Everton for not investing.
“My criticism of Farhad Moshiri is his judgement of coaches. He’s the man who appoints the coaches.
“His disastrous decision to appoint Rafa Benitez almost broke the club in two, but that was typical of him as an owner as his decision making as an owner can be questioned.
“I also think that directors of football have to be questioned. The recruitment has been awful.
“Recruitment in football is all. Look at the big clubs, you stand or fall based on your recruitment, but you look around that Everton squad and think who have we bought in the last six years that you could put on the market and get more for? There’s no one.
“His communication with the fans has been really poor as well and Everton fans are getting really sick of seeing their team wallowing in the bottom six of this league and want to see improvement.”