Koeman delight with Rooney return

13 August 2017 10:41:19 EST

Everton boss Ronald Koeman said that Wayne Rooney's display against Stoke demonstrated he is still a top quality player.

Rooney's second league debut for the Toffees, 13 years after leaving Goodison Park for Manchester United, showed why Koeman was so keen to bring him back to Merseyside.

We have some young players, they need to learn, they need to improve and they have a really good teacher.

Ronald Koeman

He scored the goal to secure a 1-0 victory and his overall performance left his manager delighted after the game.

Koeman told reporters: "He shows that he's still one of the best in his position.

"I think he was different class in ball possession - he was comfortable on the ball, he took right, good decisions on the ball and he scored a great goal. And you cannot ask more (than) that."

The 31-year-old left Old Trafford at the end of last season to seek more regular first-team football and Koeman says, as well as his performances, his effect on the Everton youngsters should also be beneficial to the club.

"That's experience," he added. "He played a long time out of the highest level in football. He won titles and of course that's a big experience.

"We have some young players, they need to learn, they need to improve and they have a really good teacher - not always in talking but also what he is showing on the pitch."

Rooney's goal, which came on the stroke of half-time was his 199th in the Premier League and comes 15 years after his first, against Arsenal, a wonderful strike which first brought the then 16-year-old to the attention of the public.

He will be looking for his 200th league goal next weekend when Everton take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Everton are 11/1 to win away with Pep Guardiola's team 2/7 and the draw 5/1.

They play City next Monday night but before that they have a game against Hajduk Split in the qualifying play-off in the Europa League.

The Toffees are 20/1 to win the Europa League this season.

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