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Rooney is still 'one of the best' says Koeman

Rooney is still 'one of the best' says Koeman

Rooney got better as the half went on though, with his deft flicks and deep vision helping open up a Stoke side that pushed forward in the search for an equalizer.

The young striker swung in a flawless cross that found Rooney in a surprising amount of his space and the veteran used all his experience to send the ball back across the 'keeper to send Everton into the dressing room a goal to the good.

Wayne Rooney enjoyed a dream return to Premier League action for Everton with the only goal in a 1-0 win over Stoke City at Goodison Park on Sunday (AEST).

"But in hard moments in the game he showed his experience".

That's why we signed Wayne, expecting to show his team-mates all that experience and it was really important.

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Niasse spent the second-half of last season on loan from Everton at Hull City, scoring a spurt of goals despite the Tigers eventual relegation down to the Championship.

"He made every decision the right one and he scored a great goal from a great cross from Dominic". That was different to some other players.

Everton's position has been weakened by long-term injuries to key players in defenders Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori, plus midfielder Yannick Bolasie although Koeman is more concerned about adding to a list of specialist forwards which only consists of 22-year-old Spanish signing Sandro.

"We still have three players out on long-term injuries in Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie and Ramiro Funes Mori, but they are doing well", Koeman told the club's official website. "It was not our best game but we had more shots on target, more chances".

"I thought we did fine today", he said. It was a win and that's what you like to have after the first match. "That was always the worry and that's how it has panned out".


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