Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

'It doesn't get much better' - Everton hero Rooney savouring second chance

'It doesn't get much better' - Everton hero Rooney savouring second chance

Everton got the 2017-18 Premier League season off to a positive start with a 1-0 win over Stoke City at home.

Lukaku, who scored 25 goals last season to help Everton finish seventh in the Premier League, completed a £75 million move to Old Trafford this summer.

The Toffees' highest profile signing was Wayne Rooney, who grew up an Everton fan and started his professional career with the club. "We can't ask for more than he showed today".

As it was, referee Craig Pawson allowed the controversial strike to stand after former striker Romelu Lukaku was deemed not to have been interfering with play, and the two sides held out for a point apiece after a tetchy second 45 minutes.

Central defender Ahmed Hegazi headed the only goal at the Hawthorns while another newcomer, Jay Rodriguez, kept Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic busy in the first half. The end of the transfer window is more realistic to speak of targets and what is possible.

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Everton face a hard start to the season, with the visit of Stoke followed by games against Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and United.

"We know we have spent money but everybody is spending money, everybody is looking for the best players". I think that all bodes well for the games we have ahead of us.

The Dutchman is also unable to call upon long-term injured trio Seamus Coleman (broken leg), Yannick Bolasie (knee) and Ramiro Funes Mori (knee), but will look to give six new squad members their Premier League bows. Fellow substitute Salomon Rondon also went close late on as Begovic diverted his curling effort just wide with his fingertips.

It's what they have lost that is troubling.

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. 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.

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