Everton manager, Ronald Koeman, has praised the quality of veteran forward, Wayne Rooney after his 200th Premier League goal.
It was a match to remember for Rooney, who became only the second player behind Alan Shearer’s record of 260 to reach the milestone in Premier League history as Everton drew 1-1 with 10-man Manchester City on Monday.
Koeman said, “He is still that player what every manager needs in his team and maybe more for Everton he is back home.”
“We have young players, three of 20 and they did a great job. He is that teacher of young players,” He added.
“We like to win titles and he knows how to do that. It is a big step up for the young players. Against Stoke I was really pleased with his performance. Also tonight with his cleverness to know every moment what is the right decision.”
“I think it is always with 30-plus players they need regular game time. That is important for them,” Koeman continued.
“He had a good pre-season, he trained a lot, he played a lot. He is on his physical space what he needs to give these performances. That is what he needs, good fitness and no doubt about his quality.”
Rooney has hit the ground running since returning to boyhood club, Everton in the off-season, having struggled for game time under United manager, Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford last season.
The 31-year-old who netted 183 goals at United and has 17 for Everton – scored the winner against Stoke City in the club’s season-opener and he continued his strong start to the season at the Etihad Stadium.