Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Rooney gets Everton off to winning start

Everton Ronald Koeman lays down the ambitions for Everton this season
Lucia Summers | 13 August, 2017, 00:29

"We can improve and spend money but everyone can improve and is spending money".

But despite the result, Hughes says he was generally pleased by what he saw from his team and believes they matched Everton for long spells of the game.

Signed for £13m four years ago, speculation surrounds his future with strong competition for places in the Everton midfield.

"Still now we really have one striker, in my opinion", he said.

But Koeman reflected on the top sides' far superior attack forces, saying: "Compare that to the big teams and what they have on the bench - or even in the stands - it is a big difference to Everton".

"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.

"If you look to the team this Saturday and the bench you cannot compare it to the big six". The reception they gave me was fantastic.

No fairytale ending for Mo Farah at world athletics champs
However, Edris and team-mate Yomif Kejelcha seized the initiative as the bell went and Farah struggled to go with them. Britain has won gold in the men's 4x100 metres relay at the World Athletics Championships in London.

Rooney scored the first of his Premier League goals for Everton with a sublime strike against Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2002.

"It is hard to replace Romelu Lukaku", he said in Thursday's press conference.

"We need a couple more players if we can, we're hopeful in that regard, but we're not unlike any of the other clubs in and around us so we'll try and make that happen", he added. "We brought some players in but we would like to bring some more in".

After moving back to Everton this summer, the chance to pull on the Blue shirt again and play at Goodison Park in the Premier League, in front of my family and friends, really excites me, which is why our opening game against Stoke can not come soon enough.

The Everton fans have been brilliant since the news of my return was announced.

"It's his boyhood club, so clearly there's going to be a lot of emotion and around the game".

Odds of 7-10 look good for a home win. "Maybe we can capitalise on that".

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