Roberto Martinez sings the praises of Everton summer signing Leandro Rodriguez

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Everton's Leandro Rodriguez joined the club this summer from River Plate Montevideo.

Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo that he has been very impressed by Everton striker Leandro Rodriguez since he arrived at the club.

Rodriguez signed over the summer as one for the future, but he has made an instant impact for the club's under-21 side. 

The Uruguayan has netted twice for the club's development squad already, and his performances have impressed Martinez enough to consider putting him into the first-team fold.

"I think the idea was always to give him good footballing experiences and see how quickly he adapts and can help the team," the Spanish boss said in the Echo. "In terms of what he brings to the team - he's an out and out goalscorer. He's got a knack of finding a way to score goals and that's a phenomenal attribute to have. I've been very impressed buy how he's adapted and with his attitude.

"I don't expect him to be too far away from being in contention to help the team. We've got two game snow in a very short period of time when it'll be importantfor everyone to be ready. I don't expect Leandro to be too far from that."

At the moment Everton's attack has been working well, with the side making an excellent start to the new Premier League campaign.

After a disappointing 2014/15 season, the Toffees were under pressure to get off to a good opening, and they have - with a 3-1 victory over Chelsea in their most recent outing raising a number of eyebrows.

The likes of Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone are all looking sharp, but Rodriguez will be pleased to be in contention already. 

Everton's next game comes against Swansea City, and it remains to be seen whether Rodriguez will be included in the first-team squad for the fixture. 

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