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There is plenty of reaction to Everton’s victory over Stoke in Sunday’s newspapers – and the focus is on one man.
The Mail on Sunday singles out matchwinner Wayne Rooney as the “most influential” man on the pitch as the Blues launched their Premier League campaign by beating the Potters 1-0.
Rooney is hailed for his “enduring capacity to change and define games” in the Sunday Telegraph, which also includes a graphic detailing the slick passing move that finished with the Blues Academy graduate heading beyond Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.
The Liverpool Echo awards Rooney with an 8/10 rating for his “class” performance, a team-high score shared by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who supplied the cross for Rooney to net.
It is three weeks until the transfer window closes, meanwhile, and speculation surrounding potential comings and goings at Goodison Park features across a number of papers.
The Sunday Express and Sunday Mirror are united in their belief that Everton will complete the signing of Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson this week, while the Mail on Sunday quotes Swans boss Paul Clement saying a move for the Icelander is “not far away”.
Fiorentina’s former Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic is mentioned by the Express as a potential target for Blues boss Ronald Koeman.
And the Mirror and Express both expect Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to step up his pursuit of Everton attacker Ross Barkley in the coming weeks. The Express report suggests Spurs expect to pay £50million for England international Barkley.