The outlet reported via their website on 12 February that Toffees departures for stars such as Richarlison and Anthony Gordon should help the club argue their case at a second hearing for breaching spending rules.
With 10 points already deducted Everton were referred again last month, this time alongside Nottingham Forest, but sports finance expert Dr Rob Wilson suspects there is now more risk at the City Ground than at Goodison Park this time around.
He said: “Everton sound like they’re quite bullish – they think they should be fine because of the transfers they’ve generated.
“The Nottingham Forest thing is a little bit different. Forest knew the regulations were going to be in place and clearly spent too much money.
“They sold Brennan Johnson and the mitigation is ‘If we’d have sold him at the beginning of the window we’d have complied with FFP, but we sold him at the end and got a higher fee’.
“It’s all well and good, but the reality is they shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place. The purpose of the regulation is to try and stop clubs from acting in a financially irresponsible way.
“Forest could end up in hotter water than Everton on the more recent charge, but it will depend on how significant the breach is over and above the regulation.”
It surely can’t go entirely unnoticed that the Toffees lost arguably their two primary attacking stars in successive windows for the previous campaign.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has since returned from endless injury struggles, and Abdoulaye Doucouré has emerged from his exile under Frank Lampard to become possibly the most important player for Sean Dyche, but at the time it was obvious that painful action was being taken on some of the biggest names to balance the books.
That won’t be enough for some, who will feel the fact Everton still signed players at all wasn’t fair, despite the two headline departures, reportedly worth £60m when Richarlison went to Spurs [Sky Sports] and £45m when Gordon left for Newcastle [Sky Sports] significantly outweighed investment in the likes of Amadou Onana, Dwight McNeil and company.
Should the appeal against the original points deduction result in some sort of success in reducing that punishment there will clearly be hope that the precedent of a smaller sanction, plus major sales, might prevent another heavy blow landing after a second hearing.
Maintaining a positive outlook might be difficult in light of how the situation has developed up to this point, but on paper there appears to be the chance of some light at the end of this particular tunnel.