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Everton: Three things we want to see against Hajduk Split

Everton play the first round of their Europa League group stage qualifier against the Croatians tomorrow. Here are three things we want to see.

Another Rooney goal

The return of Everton’s prodigal son is arguably one the ‘nicest’ transfer story of the summer. It proved there is still an air of romance in our beautiful game, however, it was met with plenty of doubts. 

Rooney returned to Everton as an ageing player, who’s influence was waning, and doubts as to whether or not he could still play in the Premier League. In his first two games on his return for the club against Ružomberok, Rooney looked rather slow, sluggish and as though his legs couldn’t quite do what his brilliant mind wanted them to. 


However, on his second Everton Premier League debut against Stoke City at the weekend, Rooney popped up with the winning goal. It was a typical, late burst into the box, Rooney sort of goal. Goodison Park erupted, and Rooney’s face was a picture of pure delight. 

What will be most pleasing perhaps though is that the former Manchester United striker looked sharp. His touch and pass were velvet-like and he used his experience and intelligence to see the game home for Everton. Another goal tomorrow, and Everton really would start to feel like home once again for the English legend.

More fluency from Everton

After a wealth of new signings, from different teams, leagues and countries, a settling in period is to be expected. Everton have so far won all three of their games this season 1-0. They look largely solid, but still as though they are finding their feet in an attacking sense. The rhythm of play and cohesion is still lacking somewhat. It will take time, however, if Everton wish to have a successful season, it’s important their attacking players click soon.

Youngsters need a chance

With all of Ronald Koeman’s shiny new signings, it would be easy to forget Everton already have a wealth of young, English talent at the club, eager to show they can be trusted to perform just as much as their new signings. Tom Davies, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman, among others, have all shown what they can do when given a chance. 

Koeman may have the temptation to carry on playing his new signings to improve their cohesiveness, however, football is a squad game, especially with Europe to contend with, and the Europa League is where the players should be given their chance.

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Harry Brooks

Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry loves to talk football tactics!

Everton: Three things we want to see against Hajduk Split

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