Rooney Scores In Goodison Park Return As Everton Defeat Stoke

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

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. I don't say impossible but 25 goals is a lot and we need to find other ways.

"We have the experience of what we need to pay for players who came here and had one year of contract. We brought some players in but we would like to bring some more in".

"We are disappointed about the result clearly because we wanted to get off to a winning start if we could but the key from our point of view, it was the level of performance we are looking to produce so I was reasonably pleased with that", he told Sky Sports.

Huddersfield is in the top flight for the first time since 1972, two decades before the Premier League started. The early games in the season are always tough because you are always finding your rhythm in games.

The Toffees fans have been crying out for an assured performer at the back, with question marks over the remainder of the club's centre-halves in recent seasons.

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It will be a blow for them to move away from White Hart Lane temporarily while the new ground is being built. The core of talented, young, English stars such as Eric Dier , Dele Alli and Harry Kane.

Everton paid a club record- equalling £30 million to sign Michael Keane from Burnley, when the England defender had 12 months remaining on his contract at Turf Moor, and their manager has indicated that is the going rate for a player in Barkley's position.

"My understanding is it's very close", said Hughes. We've just got to make sure we don't get wrapped up in that. "Then I believe we can fight against them".

In stoppage-time, Rooney once again took possession in midfield, quickly moving the ball wide before making a perfectly-time burst forward.

Hughes is under no illusions that it will be a hard early test for his team. They lost Marko Arnautovic, however, so they might miss the Austrian playmaker. "Clearly Wayne Rooney has the ability to fill that space", said Hughes, who had a brief spell at Goodison Park towards the end of his playing career.

Indeed, he linked-up well with Calvert-Lewin and started to get the crowd behind him.

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