Rooney is still 'one of the best' says Koeman

  • Rooney is still 'one of the best' says Koeman

Rooney is still 'one of the best' says Koeman

Everton's spending spree is meant to off-set the loss of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United and Rooney ensured the Belgian striker wasn't missed.

Barkley has resumed training at Everton following minor groin surgery. Despite a disjointed performance that saw the Blues play in fits and starts for the first half, it took a tactical change at the break for an improved second half that sealed the victory.

Ronald Koeman's men started their season on the right note after eliminating Ruzomberok in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

Everton have had deals worth up to £40 million and £45 million rejected for the Iceland midfielder this summer but Koeman said: "We are close".

"It's one that's frustrated a lot of people, not least myself, but now it's likely to get done unless there's any last-minute hitches, but we don't anticipate any". They lost Marko Arnautovic, however, so they might miss the Austrian playmaker. It also served to heighten predictions made by many that Stoke could be relegated this season. The Potters finished with only four wins, five draws and 10 losses on the road.

"We spent money, but everyone is spending money and it is a big competition".

Bojan Krkic (calf) and Josh Tymon (foot) are doubtful. The lack of game time forced the player to move away from the legendary Catalan club and in hindsight that has been a rather smart move by the youngster.

Stoke have been steady in the market and have remained in a stable position.

Everton host Stoke for their opening game at Goodison Park without key players like Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman, who are both still recovering from long-term injuries.

The Premier League match between Everton and Stoke will be broadcast live on CNBC.

Between these two teams there is an average of 2.8 goals per game over the last 5 games.

The 22-year-old scored 16 goals in 31 appearances averaging a goal every 167 minutes in the League which is not very far off from the results obtained by the season Lukaku, who averaged a goal every 131 minutes. But the most important were the three points.