The club were engulfed in a ferocious and tough relegation battle last season, which saw them survive in the final week after years of spending lavishly on transfer targets and bringing in several different managers.
Following the end of the campaign, owner Farhad Moshiri came out with a statement apologising to Evertonians about what had gone on before and that he wanted to fix things – only for that to be contradicted by reports suggesting he was in talks to sell the club to a consortium fronted by Peter Kenyon.
Thomlinson believes that the ongoing takeover talk will bring about further problems for Everton during the transfer window.
Do you want Moshiri to sell Everton?
He said: “My issue with this now becomes: if the takeover is in process and Peter Kenyon is taking over, is Moshiri going to want to put funds into the club that he’s leaving, and if so, how much?
“Is Peter Kenyon willing to bankroll transfers whilst also financing half the stadium that’s being built on Bramley-Moore Dock? I think there’s a lot of problems there. I think they’re going to have to do what they did last year where they spent £1m on Demarai Gray and players like that.
“I think they’re going to have to be super smart with their money, it’s going to have to be loan moves because they’ve just got none of it.”
TIF Thoughts on Everton’s summer plans…
As mentioned by Thomlinson, last summer was a tough one for Evertonians to take, as their club, who not so long ago were fighting for European spots in the Premier League, spent just £1.8 million on transfer fees.
While some fans may have expected a sort of overhaul under Frank Lampard after seeing their side struggle so much last season, if Moshiri is anticipating he won’t be on Merseyside for much longer, it remains to be seen whether or not he’d be willing to throw money at signings this summer to help improve a club that may not be his own in a few years’ time – so we understand Thomlinson’s concerns.
We believe this could lead to Lampard being restricted in the transfer window just as predecessor Rafael Benitez was at Goodison Park, which may not get fans’ hopes up too much of even spending much of the coming season at the right end of the table.