Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Wayne Rooney goal gives Everton victory over Stoke

Davy Klaassen of Everton is tackled by Steven N'Zonzi of Sevilla during a pre-season friendly match between Everton and Sevilla at Goodison Park Wayne Rooney goal gives Everton victory over Stoke
Kristopher Love | 12 August, 2017, 19:55

Hopefully, now I can start to repay them with good performances and goals as we all strive to take the club to the next level.

Yannick Bolasie and Ramiro Funes Mori continue to recover from long term injuries while Aaron Lennon is still doubtful after being held out of the Europa League qualifier last week.

"It is hard to replace Romelu Lukaku", he said in Thursday's press conference. Koeman has already concluded Wayne Rooney's days as a striker are over and he sees the returning Evertonian in a deeper role.

I have always been a fan of Everton Football Club so when the opportunity arose to come back to my boyhood club this summer, I jumped at it and the last few weeks have certainly lived up to my expectations.

"Stoke's transfer business so far has been a little uninspiring, but as they begin a 10th successive Premier League season we can be confident that there'll be an 11th".

Wayne Rooney makes his first Premier League start for Everton in 13 years.

For Stoke, Hughes must do without Stephen Ireland (broken leg) and Ibrahim Afellay (knee) for the trip to Goodison Park. The Toffees will be favored to collect all three points in the friendly confines of Goodison Park, but expect it to be a close contest.

The striker looks to have the physicality and keen eye for goal to thrive in the Premier League, but does he have the right mentality?

Everton manager Ronald Koeman: "You smell and feel the motivation of the players to start this Saturday".

Mark Hughes has warned his Stoke side not to get dazzled in the spotlight of the Rooney show.

Stoke's only Premier League opening day victory came in 2009, seeing off newly promoted Burnley (D3 L5).

Stoke, who won their last away Premier League game on the final day of last season at Southampton, haven't recorded back to back away league wins since October 2015.

Bojan Krkic and summer signingEric Maxim Choupo-Moting are early doubts.

If they can get Sigurdsson then they will be a certainty for seventh. We followed Stoke in pre-season, they had a lot of games.