Aiden Mc Geady arrived at Everton yesterday by stealth as he was paraded in front of a confused Goodison crowd a few minutes before kick off. We all knew he was coming, he’s been “getting closer” for nigh on a year. However, few expected him to sign permanently this January, the presumption by fans and the media being that he would come for free in the summer.
So now that he is here what does he bring? Well he’s a little too old to be described as the next big thing nowadays. He burst onto the scene at Celtic as a wonderkid who was going to do big things. However, despite showing his ability in the SPL and Europe for some reason fans in Scotland didn’t entirely take to him. Maybe it was the unpopular decision he took to play for Ireland rather than Scotland? Whatever the reason it came as no surprise when he sought a move although moving to Russia for at the time, a record fee in Scotland seemed a strange career move.
Both his form for Ireland and Spartak Moscow has been erratic but despite that he has weighed in with a number of often quite magnificient goals and assists. However, at twenty seven years old he is no longer a wonderkid and his time in Russia has left him with something of a tarnished reputation. A quite public war of words had resulted in him relegated to the Spartak reserve team as he consistently and stubbornly sought his dream move to the Permier League. I can only presume that fellow Irish Internationals Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson and James Mc Carthy have allayed any fears Martinez might have had about an attitude problem.
Of course Martinez has had Mc Geady in his sights for a number of years trying and failing to sign him for Wigan so he must be more than aware of his strengths and weaknesses. There is no doubt that the lad, despite his age has some unrealised talent and who better than Roberto to coax it out? He’s a tricky player who at one time earned the praise from players such as Messi and his pace is something that will certainly add an option to an injury stricken Everton attack. Whether he can improve to the point were he can push Mirallas and Pienaar remains to be seen and considering he has admitted to be short of fitness I will not be expecting immediate fireworks. What is for sure though is that this is a low risk signing with potentially high rewards. At worst we are getting a decent squad player and the ability is there for something more.
I get a sneaky suspicion Mc Geady could turn out to be something of a gem. At the very least he should provide some excitement while we find out.