Everton manager Ronald Koeman says Stoke victory is 'a flawless result'


Koeman not only believes that Rooney fits perfectly into his plans at Everton, but he also thinks he is far from the faded force that many felt he was becoming at United.

Wayne Rooney marked his top-flight return to Everton after 13 years by scoring the victor against Stoke with his 199th goal in the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney had an instant impact on his return to Goodison Park, scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City earlier this afternoon.

"We've got some tough fixtures coming up and it was important we got off to a good start and that will give us all confidence going into the next game".

Rooney's header, which he placed beyond Jack Butland moments before half time, was the first effort of any note during the opening 45 minutes. Involved in Everton's impressive build-up play, he continued into the box and nodded home Dominic Calvert-Lewin's fine cross.

"Saturday will be a hard game".

"He was clever, he was comfortable on the ball".

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"We need to find other ways and we need to find productivity from other players".

Koeman knows Everton can do "much better" and expects his new-look side to become a more cohesive unit as the season progresses, pointing to the string of big-name players out through injury.

Rooney and fellow new signing Sandro Ramirez (formerly of Malaga) will lead the attack for the Toffees.

"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 they add Gylfi Sigurdsson to the squad pot too, then Ronald Koeman surely has the ingredients to make it a "magnificent seven" scrap at the top rather than the usual "big six".

For me personally, to win a trophy at the club I've grown up supporting would be great.