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Wayne Rooney hits victor as Everton start with a win

Wayne Rooney hits victor as Everton start with a win

After a lacklustre first-half display, Ronald Koeman's men looked much improved in the second 45 minutes after switching to a back four.

"But of course it is hard with the big clubs".

We'll start with the one definite name on the Blues' team sheet today.

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 24-year-old was in the wars during the game after receiving a head blow, but looked like a real leader for the hosts as they hung on at the end to secure victory.

Rooney still seems to be getting back to his top fitness level and with tough tests to come against Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United, as well as a two-legged Europa League first-round play-off tie against Hajduk Split, he is sure to be tested to the max. We have spent money but everyone is spending money and looking for the best players.

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".

"We have brought some players in like Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez and we would like to bring some more in".

"We know Stoke and we got what we expected - a tough game". We need to find productivity from other players.

Stoke are a classic mid-table Premier League club. The best proof of that is their activity in the transfer market, as they stand pat with the exception of acquiring Bruno Martins Indi and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

The 41-cap worldwide played just 13 times for his club previous year as he had an injury-interrupted campaign, while his appearances for his country last October led to a war of words between Everton and Ireland team management. Let's hope we get an agreement as soon as possible.

"It's probably going to be a day too late (for Everton game)".

Everton kick off their 2017-18 Premier League campaign with a visit from Stoke City on Saturday by lunchtime, but they won't be able to call upon the services of midfielder James McCarthy.

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


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