Brentford have signed Everton forward Leanadro Rodriguez on an initial one month loan deal.
The 23 year old is due to train with Brentford this morning (Thursday) and will be available for the match against Blackburn overs at the weekend.
Rodriguez joined Everton from River Plate, Uruguay for £500k in the summer and described as a ‘striking sensation’. He has since been playing for Everton U21s.
He has been described as a ‘street footballer with real penalty box instincts with great anticipation’ by American football expert Marcus Haydon who lives in South America and knows Rodriguez well. He can read mistakes and make a particular run – allowing him to improvise and find solutions.
Having trained with Everton for pretty much a whole season, Rodriguez has gone through the ‘getting used to the English game phase’ – pointing out when he first came over to the UK how intense the English training sessions were compared to back home.
Rodriguez in goalscoring action in Uruguay
Saying that, he comes from Uruguay where the tempo of play and physical commitment is much higher than many of the countries in South America – which should suit him better for playing Championship Football.
What will be interesting to see if he can carry the lone striker role – something that he was’t used to in Uruguay but he has obviously been working on in his time an Everton.
We discussed players coming in and lots more in our Blackburn pre-match podcast