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Rooney is still 'one of the best' says Koeman

13 Août 2017

Wayne Rooney marked his second Premier League debut with boyhood club Everton with a goal. An ugly game was elevated by Rooney's romantic script.

Hughes gave debuts to Kurt Zouma and Darren Fletcher from the start before introducing Max Choupo-Moting from the bench in the second half.

Xherdan Shaqiri's long-range effort did force new Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford into a fine save in stoppage-time, with the 23-year-old leaping across his line to tip wide. You need one or two struggling in this season and maybe you can make the next step.

The visitors created the better of the first-half openings before Rooney's goal swung the momentum firmly into Everton's favour.

However, Keane's showing against Stoke has clearly instilled added belief in the Everton ranks, with a clean sheet another bonus from the win.

Idrissa Gana Gueye almost saw a drive directed in by Rooney as Butland was belatedly tested, before the livewire midfielder missed with another attempt from similar range.

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"Everybody is looking forward to the start of the Premier League and is ready". The summer signing then picked out Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the wing, who crossed into the box.

And he found the back of the net with a well-placed header to score his first goal for the Toffees in 13 years today.

You could tell how much the goal meant to the 31-year-old. His influence grew thereafter.

Without Romelu Lukaku, whose £75m transfer to Manchester United was a key factor in Rooney's return home, Ronald Koeman's team lacked pace and power.

It is believed, Newcastle United are leading the chase to entice the Scottish-born player away from Merseyside, though local reports suggest Everton will only consider a sale if their £25m valuation is met.

Mark Hughes declared himself pleased with his side's performance, if not the result, after witnessing what he considered the nearly inevitable debut goal for Wayne Rooney.

Rooney is still 'one of the best' says Koeman