Rooney gets Everton off to winning start

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.

He said: "The end of the transfer window is more realistic to speak about targets and what is possible".

"We spent money, but everyone is spending money and it is a big competition".

"But in hard moments in the game he showed his experience".

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.

"A lot of cleverness on the pitch and a great goal and a great header".

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

I think we have a little advantage having played two important games in Europa League qualifying.

The glow from Rooney's 199th Premier League goal was nearly erased when Fletcher went close to equalising after half-time with a stinging strike.

The key was the way Rooney continued his run into the box, showing his desire to make an impact and get on the end of the cross.

"It's one that's frustrated a lot of people, not least myself, but now it's likely to get done unless there's any last-minute hitches, but we don't anticipate any". Fellow substitute Salomon Rondon also went close late on as Begovic diverted his curling effort just wide with his fingertips.

The former Barcelona man has proven that he is an ambitious man ready to take the path less travelled in pursuit of a better career and the move to Everton bodes well for his development.

It's what they have lost that is troubling. Considering they have spent almost €100 million this summer, there is no doubt Everton are gunning for a Top 4 finish.

A superb save from Pickford, denying Xherdan Shaqiri in the closing moments, ensured Rooney wasn't denied his winning return. Both teams will start their Premier League campaign this Saturday at Goodison Park.

  • Stacy Allen