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Rated and slated: Rooney took the headlines but who else impressed at Goodison Park?

Date Posted,August 12, 2017

It was a fairytale return for Wayne Rooney as he marked his homecoming to Goodison Park with the winning strike against Stoke .

Rooney was back at Goodison Park for the first time since 2004 in a top flight game for the Blues and stole the headlines when he was in the right place to head home a cross from Dominic Calvert-Lewin to net his 199th goal in the Premier League.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has been one of the busiest managers during the summer in the transfer market and a number of his new players made an immediate impression as they recorded a crucial three points.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes also gave Kurt Zouma and Darren Fletcher their first run-outs for Stoke in the Premier League but they were unable to help their side take anything from the game.

Our man at the ground, David Maddock, has run the rule over how the debutants performed.


Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford kept a clean sheet on his Everton debut (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Had little to do as Everton produced solid, and uncompromising, cover in front of him. Looks confident and vocal, and was strong when he had to come and deal with late long balls to Crouch.

Mirror Football verdict: HIT

Michael Keane

Michael Keane already looks a key signing (Image: AFP/Getty)

Timing impeccable in the tackle, and reads game well. Can also bring the ball out with confidence and already looks a key signing for the Blues in ability to pass ball through the midfield.

Mirror Football verdict: HIT

Sandro Ramirez

Sandro Ramirez found the pace and intensity tough (Image: Rex Features)

Tough ask for any young striker to come into the Premier League from a middling Spanish side, and found the pace and intensity tough. But great touch and drag back before Rooney’s goal showed promise.

Mirror Football verdict: On the fence

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney ran the show for the Blues (Image: Getty)

Basically ran the show for the Blues, and looked like he’d never been away from Goodison. Fitting he got the first league goal of the season here, and his desire for the cause suggests there’ll be many more.

Mirror Football verdict: HIT

Davy Klaassen

Davy Klaassen has quality on the ball (Image: AFP)

Came off after an hour, which was another indication of the pace of the game. Has quality on the ball though, and when he can come to terms with the physicality of the Premier League will be an asset.

Mirror Football verdict: On the fence


Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma lost Rooney for the crucial goal (Image: Getty Images Europe)

One fine tackle when Calvert-Lewin looked certain to scored showed his pace and strength, but lost Rooney for the goal on the stroke of half time, which highlighted inexperience.

Mirror Football verdict: On the fence

Darren Fletcher

Darren Fletcher kept Stoke compact and organised (Image: AFP)

Bad haircut aside, everything you’d expect from the veteran midfielder. Kept Stoke compact and organised, and obvious his knowledge will be a big plus in an area where team were weak last season.

Mirror Football verdict: HIT

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