Everton favourite Tim Cahill has expressed his dismay at the Blues' loss of identity in recent years.
The Australian international became a linchpin of the team built by David Moyes, one that routinely punched above its weight in the Premier League and enjoyed forays into European competition thanks to a renowned team spirit.
Everton and Moyes battled for years on a shoestring budget while Chairman Bill Kenwright continued his stated search for a billionaire to transform the club's fortunes and enable them to compete with the increasing riches in the old top four.
The arrival of Farhad Moshiri, the Iranian-born businessman who has backed an enormous spending spree over the past couple of years, has thus far not propelled the club back among the top flight's elite and the chaos that has unfolded at Goodison Park this season, with the sacking of Ronald Koeman and the controversial appointment of Sam Allardyce has left Everton looking unrecognisable from Cahill's time with the Toffees.
"It's confusing, they are confused too,” Cahill said on Goals On Sunday today. “They have lost their identity as a club, there is nothing they are really building around.
"Before there was a basis and a group of players that was built and we were adding to it and looking for the long term plan of how to evolve as a football club.
"Now it seems like they are just making signings and the chemistry is not there and on the pitch they are not linking well.
"It's difficult to watch because of the quality. You have to be careful what you wish for, if you want an owner with lots of money, they have that, but it doesn't always bring success overnight.
"The fans want some passion and identity. When you look back at Roberto Martinez for example, maybe it was impatient and waiting for that style, and under David Moyes maybe they thought it was getting stale, but now you can appreciate what they have lost."