"Okay, I believe if we get the picture of the last season we are stronger but being stronger than last season does not mean you will win against the big six because they also will be more strong than last season". Kick-off time is scheduled at 3 PM UK time.
Koeman said that the Ireland midfielder had made a return to training but that Saturday's season opener against Stoke would be too soon for him and fellow midfielder Ross Barkley, who misses out with a groin injury.
The young striker swung in a ideal cross that found Rooney in a surprising amount of his space and the veteran used all his experience to send the ball back across the 'keeper to send Everton into the dressing room a goal to the good. And winger Aaron Lennon will be a game-time decision due to a minor knock suffered in training this week.
In terms of the Premier League, our first aim must be to improve on last season, when we finished seventh in the final table. 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.
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It's what they have lost that is troubling. We followed Stoke in pre-season, they had a lot of games. The Dutch winger is out due to a knee injury.
Stoke have been steady in the market and have remained in a stable position. Interestingly, both the players are heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer. I think we have a little advantage having played two important games in Europa League qualifying.
After moving back to Everton this summer, the chance to pull on the Blue shirt again and play at Goodison Park in the Premier League, in front of my family and friends, really excites me, which is why our opening game against Stoke can not come soon enough.
Only once in Mark Hughes' four seasons as boss have the Potters got three points on the board in August and that was in 2013.