As announced by the club’s official website, Everton have confirmed the signing of Leandro Rodriguez on a four-year deal from Uruguayan outfit River Plate Montevideo.
“He’s a young talent - one of those elite, talented youngsters who we like to bring in,” Martinez explained.
“He probably won’t [need time with the Under-21s] because he has played enough games with his first team in Uruguay in a really competitive league.”
Rodriguez arrives with a pretty good pedigree, having scored 19 goals in 71 appearances for River Plate Montevideo since making his debut as a teenager.
He becomes the Toffees’ fifth permanent summer signing, following in the footsteps of Tom Cleverly, Gerard Deulofeu, Mason Holgate and fellow young forward David Henen.
While many Everton supporters many not have heard of Rodriguez, they can have faith in Martinez, who has proven in the past to be very astute in the foreign market.
The reported fee paid for the striker means there is little risk involved, and should he turn out to be an overriding success, his potential value will increase tenfold.
Upon announcing the deal, a number of Everton supporters took to social media site Twitter in order to have their say on the club’s latest South American acquisition.
I hope this Leandro Rodriguez turns out to be a class signing, love unexpected and out of the blue signings, could be a hidden gem #EFC— wehttaM (@EFCMatthew) August 28, 2015
Leandro Rodriguez latest South American to play for #EFC...hope he gets more games than Stracqualursi, Anderson Silva, Castillo and Rodrigo!— Ell Bretland (@EllBretland) August 28, 2015
No idea who Leandro Rodriguez is but he has an exotic name so I'm expecting big things from him at #efc— Viktor Boskovic (@ViktorBoskovic) August 28, 2015
Good luck Rodriguez lad. Just watch Denis straquilursis highlights reel and you'll be ok. #EFC— Simon David Grant (@simondavid76) August 28, 2015
Struggling to get excited about Rodriguez but welcome to the family lad 100% and you'll be fine #EFC— Simon Greenway (@greeny_efc) August 28, 2015
Leandro Rodriguez to #EFC confirmed. Apparently to go straight into 1st team. Surprising. Still don't expect to see much of him this season— Joe (@Joe3Carroll) August 28, 2015
Remember when we signed John Stones? it was uninspiring & left #EFC fans Fuming? So give Rodriguez a chance. We develop young players well.— Rob (@thereal1bert) August 28, 2015