Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has claimed that the Toffees have "lost their identity" lately and aren't building sufficiently for the future.
After a poor start to the season under Ronald Koeman, Everton are now ninth in the Premier League, but 25 points off the top four.
Their latest fixture, a 1-1 draw at Swansea City, prompted fans to call for Sam Allardyce's departure as manager, and Cahill says the club are confused about who they are and where they are going.
Cahill, who made 278 appearances for Everton between 2004 and 2012, told Sky Sports: "It's confusing, they are confused too, 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."