By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

18th May, 2023 | 7:55am

Everton transfer window may suffer amid lack of appeal and looming FFP charge, Sean Dyche can change that - Sky Sports pundit

We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week the former Toffees captain will be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…

Everton lack the appeal of other clubs in the transfer market because of the struggles in recent season, believes Kevin Campbell.

The Toffees were the only side in the Premier League to not sign a single player in the January window, and face a difficult summer with a looming FFP charge from the Premier League and reports of upset from other clubs over their transfer spending a year ago and dramatic plans to sue for millions in damages [Daily Mail, 17 May].

But Campbell believes Sean Dyche, who was only officially appointed on the final day of the previous window, can be key in convincing targets to sign even when working on a shoestring.

The Sky Sports pundit spoke exclusively to Goodison News and said to the prospect of missing out like the previous window: “Listen, that can happen at any club. It all depends, you could be going for targets and not get them.

“And that’s the issue sometimes when you’re a club like an Everton who are struggling. 

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“The appeal to come to the club isn’t always there because you’ve struggled a few seasons now, what’s the direction of the club?

“And this is where the manager plays his part. The manager has to have a clear idea of what he wants to get in, how he’s going to improve the club. And he’s got to be able to do it on a budget. 

“But that’s fine. I’d prefer the manager to work to a budget than spend money and not get the job done.”

If Dyche manages to keep Everton in the Premier League with the same squad that was sinking under Frank Lampard, and not only got no reinforcements in January but actually weakened with the sale of Anthony Gordon, he has done a great job.

The club can’t afford to go through another window along the same lines, but the risk is there with every move they make under serious scrutiny around the league.

The independent commission may not hear the case against the club’s alleged breach of profit and sustainability rules for months yet, and after major losses over the previous few years the amount that can be spent is sure not to be great even without the threat of punishments, legal action and compensation, so Dyche will have another big job on his hands to navigate the market.