Ronald Koeman says Wayne Rooney proved he is 'still one of the best in his position' with Saturday's match-winning display for Everton.
Lifting three trophies at Manchester United last season was not enough to satisfy the 31-year-old, whose frustration at a lack of regular first-team football grew under Jose Mourinho.
Rooney took the decision to leave Old Trafford after 13 medal-laden years and in the summer rejoined Everton, who he inspired to victory on his first Premier League appearance for the club in 4,837 days.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has heaped praise on Wayne Rooney after his match winner
Rooney rose ot meet Dominic Calvert-Lewin's cross to score the only goal against Stoke City
The 31-year-old produced an emotional celebration after crowning his return with a goal
The forward nodded home at the end of a fine team move late in the first half to secure a 1-0 win against Stoke and impressed with his all-round display at Goodison Park.
'He shows that he's still one of the best in his position,' Koeman said, lavishing praise on Rooney.
'I think he was different class in ball possession - he was comfortable on the ball, he took right, good decisions on the ball and he scored a great goal.
'And you cannot ask more (than) that.'
Rooney brought class to an Everton performance that was streaky but resulted in three points
The former Manchester United striker showed his game intelligence winning free-kicks
Asked if he brought to the team exactly what he wanted, Koeman told broadcasters: 'Yeah, that's what you like.
'You like to have players in the team with a lot of a cleverness on the pitch and that they