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Rooney is still 'one of the best' says Koeman

Rooney is still 'one of the best' says Koeman

Kick-off time is scheduled at 3 PM UK time.

Everton have gone through a massive rebuilding project under Ronald Koeman this summer.

But the manager concedes that, for all Everton's shrewd business, it may only allow them to stand still, at least in terms of league position.

Ross Barkley (groin), Seamus Coleman (broken leg) and Ramiro Funes Mori (undisclosed) are all sidelined.

Despite making some high profile signings such as Wayne Rooney and highly-rated defender, Michael Keane, Koeman feels as it's yet not enough to compete with the Premier League's big boys. And winger Aaron Lennon will be a game-time decision due to a minor knock suffered in training this week.

But it did happen and as a result, fans of every team in the league, even the smaller ones, at the start of the season may harbour a hope that lightning can strike the same spot twice and that their team might be able to emulate Leicester City's fairy tale achievement.

It's what they have lost that is troubling.

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Mark Hughes's side welcomed Bojan Krkic back following his loan spell in Germany and it was he who drifted a cross-cum-shot over the bar late in the first half as Stoke briefly threatened. The Potters finished with only four wins, five draws and 10 losses on the road.

"We can improve and spend money but everyone can improve and is spending money".

Stoke City, on the other hand, has not had a massive transfer window. The Dutch winger is out due to a knee injury.

He'll really enjoy being back and we could see Rooney really enjoying his football this season. Interestingly, both the players are heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer.

The overall record favours Everton, as they have registered 8W 5L and 6D in 19 matches against Stoke.

"We're a decent side at this level and I don't think there was much difference between the two teams today". The Toffees will be favored to collect all three points in the friendly confines of Goodison Park, but expect it to be a close contest.


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