Ronald Koeman's men started their season on the right note after eliminating Ruzomberok in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
He had hoped to be involved in Everton's first-team plans in the upcoming season after being handed a squad number but hasn't played a single minute of Everton's pre-season campaign. To make things a bit more complicated for Stoke, they also struggled on the road last season.
"Everton have got a good side and they've spent money from letting good players go, perhaps similar to Southampton a couple of years ago".
"I don't say impossible, but 25 goals is a lot and we have to find other ways and productivity from other players and we like to bring in other players in". Jordan Pickford took over the game with impressive command of his area and a save-of-the-season (yes, it's early, but trust me - it was that good) candidate on Xherdan Shaqiri.
Everton's last four Premier League campaigns have all begun with a draw, with three of them ending 2-2.
But in his first Premier League outing Rooney not only scored the victor with a beautifully executed header from a Dominic Calvert-Lewin cross, but he also exuded quality and composure throughout.
Hard @premierleague opener, nervous from our side.
On the other hand, Stoke do not have many chances to get into a top finish in the Premier League, and they could be happy if they sit in the top 10 of the standings once the season ends.
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. "If you look at my team this weekend, and the bench, you can not compare it to the big six".
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