Rooney to play as striker for Everton: Koeman

Reuters , Monday 10 Jul 2017

Wayne Rooney
Everton's new signing, English striker Wayne Rooney (R) poses for a photograph with his new club shirt, held by Everton's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman (L) during a press conference at Goodison Park in Liverpool on July 10, 2017, following Rooney's move to Everton from Manchester United. Rooney, whose move comes after United announced they had agreed terms with Everton over buying striker Romelu Lukaku, will hope the switch revives his international career. (AFP)

Wayne Rooney will play as a striker for Everton, his manager Ronald Koeman said on Monday when the 31-year-old was officially unveiled after returning to his first club following 13 years at Manchester United.

Rooney trained with his new team mates at their Finch Farm centre earlier in the day before addressing the cameras with Koeman when he said returning to the club was a "no-brainer".

Koeman immediately made it clear that he expected Rooney to provide an offensive threat, ending suggestions that he might play in midfield.

"Everyone knows the qualities of Wayne. We're trying to get more productivity. He can be 10 behind the striker, the 9, the 7," said Koeman.

"We need to improve our goal strike rate. Last season Romelu (Lukaku) scored 25 goals and the next best was with four or five. That's not good enough. Wayne is the sort of player who can bring productivity to the team."

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