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O'Neill: Aiden McGeady drives me mad!

11/10/2014  Comments (16)  jump
The Republic of Ireland's manager Martin O'Neill says that Aiden McGeady has the "X" factor but often lets himself down by over-elaborating.

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Jim Bennings
2 Posted 11/10/2014 at 18:30:16
He drives us mad too, Martin. We're still waiting to really see this player that Martinez was hyping up in January.

We were led to believe that, once McGeady got his fitness up, he would become a major player at Everton FC but, the Leicester goal aside, he just doesn't do it for me yet. Too inconsistent.

In fact, even if he scored more goals an had more shots/crosses you could just about put up with the inconsistency... but, unlike a player such as Mirallas, who frustrates at times, but scores goals and wins matches, McGeady just doesn't have any real impact.

Jason Heng
3 Posted 12/10/2014 at 00:38:41
The Irish McFadden.
Paul Dark
4 Posted 12/10/2014 at 05:46:04
The problem, Jim, is that McGeady does have an impact: it's positively negative. He puts enormous pressure on our fragile defence and constantly gifts the opposition possession.

This man is possibly worse than Alcaraz, Osman and Robles – and that's saying something.

Brendan Whelan
5 Posted 12/10/2014 at 06:35:30
McGeady is not Premier League quality; one dimensional and devoid of any footballing intelligence. O'Neill is no fool...
Harold Matthews
6 Posted 12/10/2014 at 09:08:53
I always try to support McGeady but find myself in the exact same place as O'Neill. The lad has pace and skill and is always a potential match-winner but his recent overall performances have not been up to scratch.

He still has good moments which go unnoticed but his defending is not what it should be and he's too easily knocked off the ball. Unfortunately, in the Premier League, this can be costly but I won't write him off just yet.

Paul Dark
7 Posted 12/10/2014 at 11:53:12
Jason - the comparison with McFadden is very good. Very similar player. Both terrible, really distressingly terrible.
Sam Hoare
8 Posted 12/10/2014 at 12:24:35
I have to say that I was optimistic at first but have been a but disappointed so far. I think he does have intelligence in him and the capacity to do good things but his decision-making is questionable and he gets the team into trouble more often than he gets them out of it at the moment.
Peter Gorman
9 Posted 12/10/2014 at 12:54:43
He is very occasionally brilliant, consistently inept. For a manager who prides himself on possession football, I am at a loss to explain why a player as generous to the opposition as McGeady is even at the club, let alone in the starting 11.
Dan Brierley
10 Posted 12/10/2014 at 12:47:46
The likeness with McFadden is perfect. The lad clearly has some talent, but is terribly inconsistent. I sincerely hope that he is going to improve, but I just don't see it. One good game in ten seems to be as good as it gets.

A really poor signing, considering Martinez had been apparently following him since 2007 and tried to sign him more than once.

Phil Brown
11 Posted 12/10/2014 at 16:33:54
Having watched him a few times, I agree that he's inconsistent and think that his best position would be behind Lukaku in the creative role. Obviously, Ross Barkley is number one choice, Naismith number two but McGeady has shown flashes of creativity in being able to open up opponents through sharp passing around the box – and the odd decent finish. Could be an option for home games where opponents park the bus.
John Raftery
12 Posted 12/10/2014 at 17:31:57
I didn't rate him before we signed him and I don't rate him now. On the plus side, he never gets injured.
Colin Glassar
13 Posted 12/10/2014 at 17:47:08
He reminds me of the Tasmanian devil from the cartoons.
Sue Brown
14 Posted 12/10/2014 at 18:59:03
I agree with Harold and Sam. His very few moments of skill are lost when he over complicates things and screws up a decent move. Very inconsistent.
Anto Byrne
15 Posted 13/10/2014 at 08:10:38
Get rid in January, Robbie, and bring back Del-boy for the run into 4th spot.

We want Del, We want Del, We want Del.

Tom Magill
16 Posted 13/10/2014 at 08:35:10
Not good enough to wear the Everton shirt. He needs to be shipped out or we will continue to pay the price.
Andy Meighan
17 Posted 13/10/2014 at 22:56:26
Well, better than McFadden – at least he’s two-footed, got pace , and has got an eye for a killer pass now and then. But still totally frustrating, really shouldn’t be in the side, and would possibly be okay coming off the bench with 20 or so to go. But Martinez seems to love him. So it looks like we’re stuck with him.

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