The long-awaited publication of the club's accounts on Friday revealed the club had succeeded in making significant reductions to their losses, down £76.2m from £120.9m the previous year, and wages-to-turnover ratio. A large chunk of that was down to income brought in from player trading, with the £60m sale of Richarlison to Tottenham making a huge difference to the look of the accounts. Clubs are allowed to lose a maximum of £105m over three years but that decision still came as something as a surprise to officials at Goodison Park, who have been working closely with the Premier League on the issue for more than a year, and they have pledged to "robustly defend" their position.
The Premier League last week referred the club to an independent commission for an alleged breach of profit and sustainability rules.
The 18-year-old scored his first Republic of Ireland goal during the international break.