Wayne Rooney’s Everton homecoming ended in a 1-0 win over Slovak side Ruzomberok with the former Manchester United striker having a quiet return to Goodison Park in the Europa League, third qualifying round, first-leg on Thursday.
The 31-year-old re-signed with his boyhood club earlier this month after enjoying 13 years with Manchester United and was, of course, given a warm welcome from the home supporters.
Rooney’s positional switch came after Everton manager Ronald Koeman brought on another new signing, Spaniard Sandro Ramirez, in the 61st minute.
Koeman indicated that Ramirez, with another week of training under his belt, could start in Slovakia next Thursday and that could mean Rooney beginning in the wider role.
While the Premier League team might have expected to have created a bigger advantage for next week’s second leg, Koeman said he was content with the result.
The Dutchman is hoping the Slovak side, who were well organised and played with a deep defence, will come out and attack more in the second leg.