By Sam Stone

24th May, 2023 | 8:40am

Everton questions emerge as 'long shadow' casts doubt at Goodison Park

Everton securing Premier League survival will see an “extra” set of questions posed by Leeds and Leicester City, according to The Telegraph.

The Merseyside club are currently under investigation by the Premier League due to losses recorded over the past three years.

The Telegraph now report on Wednesday 24 May, that survival would only put off the Toffees’ day of reckoning for the time being.

“An uneasy final day to the season, with the usual drama of a relegation struggle that will see two from Leicester City, Leeds United and Everton go down with Southampton, lent another dimension,” they wrote.

“That is the outstanding single charge against Everton for the breach of the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules (PSR) – formerly financial play – that was issued two months ago today, and casts a long shadow after the weekend’s final round of fixtures.

“If that is Leeds and Leicester, there will be an extra set of questions to those posed by all their predecessors in that position.”

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Far from over

Everton’s issues won’t magically disappear with a win over Bournemouth on Sunday. Of course, remaining a Premier League club will massively help their cause, but it feels as if something is looming when it comes to the PSR charge. Nothing will be decided this season, but a potential points deduction could well be on the cards come the start of the 2023/24 campaign.

Leeds and Leicester will feel aggrieved if they are relegated, but ultimately, this is an unprecedented scenario. There’s no reason for the Premier League to change the way they’ve worked in the past just because the clubs involved are angry about their imminent fall into the Championship.

Interestingly, no midtable sides are actively pushing for the punishment to be pulled forward. For the time being, the focus will have to be on Sunday’s clash against Bournemouth. Sean Dyche’s side know that a win will see them safe for another season.