David Unsworth delighted with new Everton signing Leandro Rodriguez

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The Uruguayan forward has impressed one Everton coach already.

Everton under-21 coach David Unsworth has been speaking to the club’s official website about summer signing Leandro Rodriguez.

The 22-year-old striker arrived at Goodison Park from River Plate Montevideo at the end of August and he has wasted little time getting off the mark for the Toffees’ second string.

Rodriguez scored 20 goals in 78 appearances for his former club and big things are expected of him once he settles on Merseyside.

In the short term Rodriguez is likely to feature predominantly for Unsworth’s young side but if he continues to find the net on a regular basis Everton manager Roberto Martinez will have little choice but to call on him.

Speaking after the under-21s' 3-0 victory against Preston North End, Unsworth told evertonfc.com, “I thought Leandro did great. He’s a very intelligent player and you could see that with some of the positions he got into.

“We are delighted with him; he’s been a great addition and he looks a player.”

That is high praise indeed and while it is always a risk signing young players from other countries it seems in this case he has started as he means to go on.

Everton have a Capital One Cup clash against Reading later this month and that would be the perfect chance for Martinez to give Rodriguez a first-team run-out. And if he does well, there may be no looking back for the Uruguayan.

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