By Abigail Withey 

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has admitted that he is a big fan of Everton striker Wayne Rooney ahead of their Premier League clash with each other on Saturday.

The clubs both currently sit close to the bottom of the top flight standings with the Toffees on four points and Howe’s side with just three points from the past five fixtures.

Ronald Koeman waved goodbye to Romelu Lukaku in the summer as he moved to Old Trafford to join Manchester United, but the Cherries boss insists that Rooney’s presence ensures that the Merseysiders still have a strong attacking prowess without the Belgian.

“Look at Wayne Rooney, look at his goalscoring record and you’re going to say they’re less potent an attack, I don’t buy that,” Howe said ahead of their fixture, as quoted by ClubCall.

“I think he’s an outstanding player, I’ve always been one of his biggest fans.

“Historically, from Manchester United to England, there’s no doubt he’s been one of the best goalscorers of his generation.

“We are aware that he will be a real threat technically, he’ll make them play but also he’s lost none of his finishing ability.”

Former United star Rooney began his first campaign back at Everton in good form and secured two goals for the club against Stoke City and Manchester City in their opening fixtures of the competition.

However, the ex-England skipper has failed to net a goal since and will be hoping to get back on the scoresheet this weekend against Bournemouth.

The Toffees received a confidence boost on Tuesday after managing to secure a victory against Sunderland in the third round of the League Cup which marked their first win in over a month.

Koeman will be hoping his squad can end their poor set of recent results in the top flight after the Blues suffered losses to Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United.

In other Everton news, a manager was glad that this 23-year-old wasn’t playing for the Toffees in midweek.

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