The 22-year-old was a late signing in the summer transfer window, arriving in a £500,000 deal from River Plate Montevideo, whom Blues boss Roberto Martinez expects to be able to contribute at senior level this season.
Rodriguez made his debut for the Under-21s last night and headed home the opening goal in a 3-0 win after just 10 minutes, a terrific start for a player who told evertonf.com just how keen he was to get going when he spoke to the club's official website a few days ago.
“It’s a big dream to come to a large club like Everton," he said. "It’s also a very big responsibility but I am very confident in my abilities.
“I watched players like Romelu Lukaku in Uruguay, so I am very happy to be able to play with players like that. I don’t think there’s any doubt that I’ll enjoy playing with these players — I’m somebody that likes to get involved with my teammates."
Rodriguez cites fellow Uruguayan star Diego Forlan among the players he most looks up to and he describes himself as a "technical player".
“I think the coach and I enjoy the same type of football and I’m going to give my best efforts for the club," he continued. "Also, the people in the club will give me confidence to play.
“I’m somebody who can work well with other players and I look forward to being able to show myself and my game to the Everton supporters.”
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1 Posted 08/09/2015 at 07:42:59
I think most people have him down as a "punt" by RM. If he comes good then great, if not then so be it.
3 Posted 08/09/2015 at 08:11:58
4 Posted 08/09/2015 at 08:35:55
But you do have to wonder what he can do to get into the first team. McAleny was fabulous pre-season and, as yet, hasn't had a sniff.
I've pledged my support to RM this season... but his double standards and preferential treatment towards certain players is something that is always going to do my head in.
5 Posted 08/09/2015 at 08:59:07
Henen should go on loan now back from injury and if good enough, we could see ourselves with 2 new strikers next season.
I just don't think deep down Roberto fancies McAleny, he's there for cover this season and will move on next season.
6 Posted 08/09/2015 at 09:18:40
Scoring in the first 10 minutes of an Under-21 fixture gets him up and running, even if it doesn't guarantee anything more it at least means he can relax and be himself. Good.
Similar to Phil @3, I'm fully behind Roberto again this season. I'm hoping that RM took his eye off the ball (flattered by media opportunities and the World Cup jollies) and learned a hard lesson last season, a bloody hard one.
He was tremendously popular for many positive reasons in his first season, yet there were still some subjects marked "must do better". This season, he needs to get back to the good stuff and make progress on the "must do better" issues. (This written by someone who's end of term reports always contained "must do better" in most areas!)
Just hope that Leandro and Roberto can step up for us.
7 Posted 08/09/2015 at 09:21:19
9 Posted 08/09/2015 at 11:11:01
10 Posted 08/09/2015 at 11:53:53
11 Posted 08/09/2015 at 11:58:00
12 Posted 08/09/2015 at 13:25:11
Nobody expects him to come in and be top scorer and he probably won't even start more than a handful, unless there's a calamitous injury crisis.
Just make your contribution lad, work hard, that's all we ask.
13 Posted 08/09/2015 at 16:06:40
14 Posted 08/09/2015 at 16:08:47
If I wanted hard working players, I'd have a team full of Steven Naismiths. A terribly likeable young man who tries hard, but is sorely limited as a footballer. I would hope Rodriguez has a modicum of talent to go with any work-rate he might possess, but hard work alone is going to win us bugger all!
15 Posted 08/09/2015 at 18:58:52
16 Posted 11/09/2015 at 09:48:16
Unfortunately, I think this signing also sends a message out to Conor McAleny (a year older), that EFC probably isn't the club he's gonna 'make it' at.
17 Posted 11/09/2015 at 10:19:08
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