Stoke City Premier League - 12 August 2017

Davy Klaassen of Everton is tackled by Steven N'Zonzi of Sevilla during a pre-season friendly match between Everton and Sevilla at Goodison Park

Davy Klaassen of Everton is tackled by Steven N'Zonzi of Sevilla during a pre-season friendly match between Everton and Sevilla at Goodison Park

Darren Fletcher, Kurt Zouma, Josh Tymon and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting have been brought in by manager Mark Hughes and are in contention to play. And midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has warned it will take time for a new look side to gel and justify on the pitch the anticipation levels off it.

"To replace Lukaku is really hard", said manager Koeman.

Wayne Rooney returning to Everton is massive news for the club and the reception he'll receive should have Goodison shaking. His side face Stoke on Saturday with the Dutch coach welcoming greater prospects, but with a warning his rebuilding process is incomplete.

Niasse spent the second-half of last season on loan from Everton at Hull City, scoring a spurt of goals despite the Tigers eventual relegation down to the Championship.

"If they add Gylfi Sigurdsson to the squad pot too, then Ronald Koeman surely has the ingredients to make it a "magnificent seven" scrap at the top rather than the usual "big six".

"We still have three players out on long-term injuries in Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie and Ramiro Funes Mori, but they are doing well", Koeman told the club's official website.

"They are notoriously slow starters though, and I don't see that changing". The team will open their season at home against Stoke City in what should be a good game.

But in Rooney's early Everton outings he has appeared leaden and again unsure of his best position, failing to score in either leg of their Europa League qualifier win against Ruzomberok.

Rooney has now been involved in 300 Premier League goals - 199 scored himself and 101 assists. This side plays some attractive football and they have done well in the past few seasons so I am interested in seeing how they play.

Everton kick off their 2017-18 Premier League campaign with a visit from Stoke City on Saturday by lunchtime, but they won't be able to call upon the services of midfielder James McCarthy.

Stoke are embarking on their 10th consecutive Premier League season.

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