The 22 year old forward, who broke through the ranks at River Plate Montevideo, has joined the Toffees on a four year deal after the formalities of his deal were finalised this afternoon.
A scorer of 19 goals in 71 appearances, Rodriguez will join the Everton first team set up straight away according to manager Roberto Martinez, who described the 5’10 striker as the type who has a ‘knack of scoring goals’
“He’s a young talent – one of those elite, talented youngsters who we like to bring in,” said the Toffees boss.
“Mason Holgate is a clear example of a really strong, young English defender and Leandro Rodriguez is a young striker with a real knack of scoring goals.
“But he’s much more than that, too. His contribution is a lot more than that and hopefully we can provide a path where he can develop and enjoy his football. If he can do that, clearly that’s going to bring goals to the first team.
“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.
“If you look at the amount of strikers that come through those environments, you don’t get surprised about the quality of these players.
“I am not saying that to put pressure on the boy, but he is a player we can be very much excited about in the future.”