Ronald Koeman's Everton have surprised many this summer as they have bought 11 players in this transfer window.
The Dutchman had his say on the new signings including Wayne Rooney, who Koeman believes is still one of the best players around and will play a pivotal part for Everton next season, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The 31-year-old impressed in his second debut with childhood club Everton following a free transfer from Manchester United after 13 years, scoring two goals in three games during the pre-season for the Toffees.
Koeman has revealed that he will use Rooney in an attacking position rather than the more defensive roles the England captain was given under Roy Hodgson and Louis Van Gaal.
The Dutchman was impressed by Rooney's character both on an off the field, stating that he is influential to other players.
“He has a lot of experience,” Koeman said. “He is an important player on the pitch but also important for his team-mates and certainly the young players to show them what you need to do to reach that high standard of football.
“That means he needs to be a leader off the pitch and if I see how he’s working and what he’s doing with all the players it’s really what we want. Every day in training so far and in the friendlies, you see why he’s one of the best in his position and one of the best players.”
Koeman was also impressed with the other major signings he made this window including the likes of Sandro, Cuco Martina, Jordan Pickford and Davvy Klaassen.
He states that the player are getting along well at Everton and easily being able to fit into the system.
“I’m really happy with how the new players have settled in, we
“They have great futures at Everton and provide the quality we need to improve.”
Many were worried that Everton's performance would decline following the sale of Romelu Lukaku, but with quality new players in their squad, Ronald Koeman now looks set to be challenging for the Premier League title next season.