If there were concerns that the severity of his injury and length of lay-off would have blighted him, think again. Rodriguez has actually come back faster, putting him in the very highest bracket of speedsters in the Premier League.
Since Mark Hughes was appointed boss in May 2013, he has gone great lengths to distance his team from the perceived hoof-ball of Tony Pulis. Nobody can deny the effectiveness of Pulis' Stoke, but it was damn ugly to watch and Hughes made his intention to play a clearly different style of football from the off.
Transfer silly-season is still rolling on, but many Premier League teams have done their business early in the quest to improve for the coming campaign... Here are five summer signings who will have a significant impact on the destination of next season's Premier League trophy.
There are sub-plots aplenty in the Premier League's upcoming season. Will Harry Kane repeat his incredible performance from last season? Will Chelsea be the first team to retain the title since Manchester United in 2009? Will Tim Sherwood's head fall off under the weight of his concentrated smugness? Putting those aside for a second, let's have a look at the youngsters.
United are guaranteed to take a hit on the fee they paid for Di Maria. His season simply wasn't good enough to justify a similar valuation - let alone a profit - but it's something of a surprise as to why United are so openly willing to let the player move on.
It wouldn't take much for Chelsea to be firm favourites, perhaps just one marquee signing to boost their strongest team and keep every player on their toes. But without it, Chelsea will struggle. You'd be foolish to think any different.
Remember when a £20million transfer was a headline-making deal, rather than the norm? Unless you're a pretty young teenager, you probably do, which speaks to how quickly the transfer market has twisted and evolved in the last decade or so...
If Liverpool want to keep thinking of themselves as one of the world's biggest clubs, then they need to prove it on the pitch. Benteke will either be integral to them doing so, or he will be the poster boy of their fall from grace.
The Premier League summer transfer window is now in full swing, with all 20 clubs having conducted at least some business. High profile moves like Raheem Sterling's record transfer to Manchester City may have dominated the headlines, but what about some of the deals that just seem to make incredible sense?
Going from "I'm not leaving, I'm staying at the football club" to "leaving Aston Villa football club is the hardest decision I have ever had to make" in less than a week is some retraction and without needing too much insight, it's one you would assume was prompted by the imminent departure of Christian Benteke to Liverpool.
Pardew has already re-teamed with a former star pupil; bring in Remy and the horizon would start to appear even brighter. These are certainly sanguine times for Palace. Pardew got them dreaming once again after a period in the darkness, and they are starting to dream big.
What exactly is his crime? Turning down a lucrative contract offer because he wasn't happy with his general situation at the club? Not being quite as guarded with his media comments as he should've been? He's 20 years old. Show me a 20-year-old who hasn't said something ill-advised when frustrated and I'll show you a liar.
It may be a little negative to discuss the relegation zone before the season has even started, but with all the talk about which sides will be challenging for the title next season, it only seems fair to have a look at the other end of the potential table.
Whomever the club choose to replace him has an equally considerable task ahead of them. Pearson had to go, but don't be surprised if his spectre looms ominously over the King Power Stadium in the forthcoming season.
Maybe a few years ago, this would have been a squad that was only capable of breaking the top four, but at a time that Manchester City are in transition and a time when Chelsea's squad looks surprisingly thin beyond their stellar first XI, maybe it is finally Arsenal's time to have another crack at the Premier League title.
Excitement has rarely been higher ahead of the big August kick-off and people are already trying to identify who will fly and who flop in 2015/16. But what about those individuals who may surprise you?