Everton manager Ronald Koeman has hailed Wayne Rooney for his “decision-making” as the 31-year-old scored the goal which helped the Toffees claim a 1-0 win over Stoke City in their opening Premier League match of the new season on Saturday.
The match was Rooney’s first Premier League game for Everton since 2004 and also featured Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Sandro Ramirez making their debuts for the club.
For Koeman, the performance was what he had expected and said of Rooney, “There was one player in an Everton shirt today who was from the first second to the last comfortable on the pitch.
“He made every decision the right one and he scored a great goal from a great cross from Dominic. In difficult moments, he showed his experience.”
This win will certainly give the Toffees a much needed confidence boost as they look to challenge for a place in the top six this season.