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Martinez expresses McGeady hopes

by | 04/05/2015  Comments (40)  jump

Roberto Martinez has hinted at possible game time for Aiden McGeady over the last three games of the season now that the Irishman is fully fit.

McGeady hasn't figured for the Blues since the away win at Crystal Palace in February after he picked up a knee injury and then a back problem which his manager believes sidelined him just when he was starting to find his form.

The 29 year-old has battled to hold down a regular starting place in the Blues' side since he arrived from Spartak Moscow 15 months ago which Martinez partially attributes to the time needed to adjust to the Premier League.

It takes a long time, coming from abroad to get the rhythm of the British game," the Blues' boss said. "Remember Aiden had never played in the Premier League before, only in the Scottish League, and he had been a long time in Russia.

So he had to adapt into the league and the way we play and I felt at Crystal Palace, those 90 minutes were Aiden.

The injury [after Palace] was a real setback and so he is going to take time to get that intensity and match-fitness back. But Aiden, at Everton, is ready to be himself and I am looking forward to seeing that.

McGeady has been named in the match-day squads for the recent games against Burnley and Aston Villa and is expected to be among the 18 players on the team sheet this Saturday for the visit of Sunderland.  

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Richard Lyons
1 Posted 04/05/2015 at 20:30:27
Oh dear
Frank McGregor
2 Posted 04/05/2015 at 20:30:35
As it is mentioned, Aiden has to prove that he is worth a regular place. I believe in the remaining games the likes of Browning and Garbutt should be starting those games along with any other possible upcoming players.

We already can see what the existing players have to offer, now is the time to bring the youngsters in.

Andy Mack
3 Posted 04/05/2015 at 20:39:02
CanÂ’t we just have Aiden doing keepy-uppies and a few tricks in the centre circle at halftime, Roberto. HeÂ’s had two seasons to get used to things, how slowly should we bed him in?
Danny Broderick
4 Posted 04/05/2015 at 20:39:09
HeÂ’s shite. WeÂ’ve picked up since heÂ’s been injured!
Doug Harris
5 Posted 04/05/2015 at 20:46:48
Why bother? Dead wood.
Paul Tran
6 Posted 04/05/2015 at 20:53:48
I have hopes for McGeady. I hope he finds another club. Quickly.
Ross Edwards
7 Posted 04/05/2015 at 20:54:36
HeÂ’s definitely one of the deadwood we should be getting rid of.
Paul Tran
8 Posted 04/05/2015 at 20:57:43
The thing is, Ross, we have an awful lot of deadwood that wonÂ’t command a fee. So weÂ’ll be getting players off the wage bill, while needing to invest in better players to improve the team. WeÂ’ll need to get some bargains who can come in and do a job straightaway. Oh dear.......
Allan Board
9 Posted 04/05/2015 at 20:56:12
Agreed Andy, just think of it – Riverdance at half time with our own Michael Flatley lookalike!! I reckon it’s an earner for Bill too!!
Jon Withey
10 Posted 04/05/2015 at 21:04:33
A decent enough footballer but he hasnÂ’t shown much that marks him as a player for the top half of the PL, sadly.
Steve Chesters
11 Posted 04/05/2015 at 21:10:01
ItÂ’s comments like this that prove to me Martinez doesnÂ’t have a clue, McGeady is a 5-a-side player, great in training, crap on the pitch, simple as that. If Martinez doesnÂ’t know now that heÂ’s not up to it he never will.

How many players can you think of that have never played in the Premier League before, come here and set it on fire straightaway? ........ Costa, Sanchez, Suarez, Silva, Aguero, Pelle etc etc ........ we all know McGeady is crap, how much longer before the penny drops?

HeÂ’s deadwood any using up valuable funds, wake up Martinez.

Gavin Johnson
12 Posted 04/05/2015 at 21:01:04
WeÂ’ve got a lot of deadwood in our current squad. IÂ’d be rid of Distin, Alcaraz, Howard, Atsu, and even Pienaar ahead of McGeady. I know IÂ’ll be in the minority in the case of Pienaar, but I donÂ’t see Pienaar playing any more minutes next season, than he has this season. WeÂ’ve already got Oviedo and Gibson who are walking wounded.

PienaarÂ’s been a big players for us over the years but itÂ’s sad indictment that heÂ’s not been replaced when heÂ’s now in his 30Â’s and been suffering injuries for the last couple of seasons.

McGeady shouldnÂ’t be nowhere near the first team but I still think heÂ’ll offer more, if for no other reason than heÂ’ll be fit to sit on the bench, and for his inconsistency he does have his moments. And lets face it, if he was able to play at his best week-in, week-out he wouldnÂ’t be playing for Everton.

Colin Glassar
13 Posted 04/05/2015 at 22:00:26
Jeez Louise, Roberto. Mcgeady just ainÂ’t good enough, mate. I thought he might blossom but he continues to wilt.
Gerard Carey
14 Posted 04/05/2015 at 22:36:41
Would be better if Garbutt got a run in the last three games, I am afraid Aiden is not up to it.
James Stewart
16 Posted 04/05/2015 at 23:21:29
No just no.
Michael Winstanley
17 Posted 05/05/2015 at 00:53:43
Excellent news, should give us a lift in the last three games, I bet Aiden is delighted.
Harold Matthews
18 Posted 05/05/2015 at 02:52:04
Good news.
Jim Hardin
19 Posted 05/05/2015 at 04:06:19
Michael #17, I hope it gives us a lift since he likely wonÂ’t give us any goals if he holds true to his usual form. BTW, how is a player from the SPL considered to be a player from abroad? Rechecked my map and globe and it sure looks to an American like Scotland is connected.

Guess now I can claim this summer I am driving abroad to Canada to watch the WomenÂ’s World Cup to see yet another American GK who will be the best at GK at this WC just like Howard was at the menÂ’sÂ’ WC. Deadwood indeed, right Gavin?

Jimmy Salt
20 Posted 05/05/2015 at 07:12:26
I would like to think we are putting him in the shop window so to speak, hereÂ’s hoping anyway.
Peter Healing
21 Posted 05/05/2015 at 08:17:20
IÂ’d completely forgot about him. Woops!
Brian Porter
22 Posted 05/05/2015 at 07:50:20
Oh, for GodÂ’s sake, Martinez. McGeady has to be your second worst signing, (after Kone). Has the man not noticed that our performance have improved, (relatively speaking), since Aaron Lennon arrived and made the right wing berth his own? For the first time this season, we have a degree of balance on the right, and if Lennon and Coleman can develop something like a Baines/Pienaar relationship in time for next season, we might just have a devastating attack-minded right flank with which to go at opposition defences. IÂ’m not a great one for statistics but in my mind, I seem to feel that Lennon has out-scored and out-assisted McGeady in his short time with us.

What has McGeady achieved in almost two years? Zilch! I mentioned on a previous thread that my good friend, a lifelong Celtic fan had expressed surprise when we signed McGeady, as the Celtic fans in general never rated him and were amazed the Russians paid so much for him. In short, he weÂ’d been conned when we signed him. Apparently some Celtic fans called him McGreedy due to his reluctance to pass the ball, preferring to play silly buggers on the wing, until he either ran the ball out of play or lost out to an opponent. Sound familiar to anyone?

He needs to go, but being a Martinez favourite probably means weÂ’re stuck with him for the full four years of his contract. IÂ’m getting mire depressed every day with every word that spills from the mouth of our so-called manager.

Kevin Elliott
23 Posted 05/05/2015 at 11:02:11
Just when you think things canÂ’t get any worse......
James Kirrane
24 Posted 05/05/2015 at 11:05:51
Our manager is special. According to him, "Aiden, at Everton, is ready to be himself and I am looking forward to seeing that."

So the inept, headless chicken who cannot pass a ball was just an impersonator,not the real Aiden!

Really looking forward to seeing the Â’realÂ’ Aiden.

Ernie Baywood
25 Posted 05/05/2015 at 11:10:53
What exactly do you want him to say?

RobertoÂ’s job is to get the best out of his squad. So if he gives one a bit of a boost from time to time then itÂ’s no surprise.

The paucity of our squad is such that we may need him at some point.

Eddie Dunn
26 Posted 05/05/2015 at 11:30:58
He is surely bigging him up for the summer sale.
Patrick Murphy
27 Posted 05/05/2015 at 11:52:57
What if Spurs want too much for Lennon? Or they no longer fancy Mirallas and we canÂ’t do a deal?

McGeady is going to be here next season regardless and Martinez needs the lad to feel wanted ð not very controversial really – however, McGeady has to knuckle down and earn a place in the team and show us a lot more than he has done thus far.

Gavin Johnson
28 Posted 05/05/2015 at 12:16:33
Jim #19, I dare say the womenÂ’s GK youÂ’re on about would do a better job then Howard.

In footballing terms the WC was a long time ago and IÂ’ve seen nothing from Howard this season to suggest he was the best GK in that competition. A few good saves in our recent resurgence isnÂ’t going to make me change my assessment of him.

Howard has always had the ability of being a good shot-stopper. It’s everything else he’s gash at – like his decision-making, and not being able to command his area, staying on his line like a crab. The sort of things a top GK is able to do, and the reason Alex Ferguson decided he wasn’t up to standard and let Everton buy him in the first place.

Liam Reilly
29 Posted 05/05/2015 at 12:44:42
Irish Evertonians have to accept a double whammy with this guy. HeÂ’s got the tools but lacks any consistency for club and country.

I for one wouldnÂ’t be too arsed if he moved on.

James Ford
30 Posted 05/05/2015 at 13:35:29
Liam #29. HeÂ’s probably our most consistent performer to be honest. Consistently awful. HeÂ’s the type of player stubhub was made for.
Ian Brandes
31 Posted 05/05/2015 at 19:11:50
Why are we buying players who take a long time to get used to the rhythm of the British game?

More nonsense from this unhinged manager.

Matt Muzi
32 Posted 05/05/2015 at 19:23:51
Something to look forward to!!!!!
Ian Hollingworth
33 Posted 05/05/2015 at 21:05:29
"The injury [after Palace] was a real setback and so he is going to take time to get that intensity and match-fitness back. But Aiden, at Everton, is ready to be himself and I am looking forward to seeing that."

Just about sums up our deluded manager...

John Raftery
34 Posted 05/05/2015 at 22:32:04
The best description I have read of McGeady was in one national newspaper report of the Manchester City game in January - Â’a blur of red faced earnestness and wrong decisionsÂ’. He is one of the worst players we have had the misfortune to see in the royal blue shirt and will never be good enough for the Premier League.
Brian Wilkinson
35 Posted 05/05/2015 at 22:45:34
May as well throw Kone and Alcaraz in as well, ticket touts will have a field day with those in the team,

Change Z-Cars for the day Bobby and pop on entry of The Gladiators music, dress the three for the occasion with size 24 shoes, spinning bow tie and bowler hats.

Graeme Hough
36 Posted 05/05/2015 at 23:20:56
Just read on Guardian website that Spurs likely to want ٧M for Lennon, that's with one year left on his contract. Levy playing hard ball? Or has ٤m suddenly gone up on the back of a few decent performances for us? Looks like we had better get used to seeing more of McGeady.
Mark Andersson
37 Posted 06/05/2015 at 06:04:47
Lucky this year. Next season we will struggle even more. Our finger tapping on Tw will have us bleeding to the bone.

And yet some will still harp on about Roberto’s first season.
I think the best line I have read on TW was simply: Roberto bought Alcaraz and Kone not once... but twice.

Trevor Lynes
38 Posted 06/05/2015 at 15:13:42
I sometimes believe that all this talk is just drummed up by the media to infuriate the fans. We are being linked with bucket loads of dross and now it is said that Lennon is out of our price range for a permanent deal.

All this paper talk is possibly aimed at stirring up trouble as it is what they are good at. We have made a lot of profit over the past few transfer windows to add to the media money increase. If we finish tenth or above it will bring in plenty of extra dosh too.

I will wait until I read something of substance before I comment properly. If we are aiming at a gradual decline of the club then I think that believing all the negative rubbish is the way to go.

Xavier Spencer
39 Posted 06/05/2015 at 17:53:22
IÂ’d almost forgotten that this hopeless fuckwit was still at the club. The thought of him gracing the flanks next season makes me feel slightly nauseous.

I have never felt so disillusioned and depressed about the future of the team and the club. Every time Roberto opens his mouth I feel like cringing or crying.

Desperate times.

Alan Bodell
40 Posted 07/05/2015 at 19:18:27
I will get hammered for saying this but, prior to Aiden arriving with us, he was a very good player. I remember him at Celtic then the Russians took him for 㾶m and I quietly thought he would be great for us.

I think injuries have messed him up, he has not been good for us but that is a chance in every transfer and he cost us nothing, love him to bang 2 or 3 more before the season ends.

Ant Dwyer
41 Posted 10/05/2015 at 00:26:55
FFS wake up, McGeady is hopeless. HeÂ’s never fit, often overweight and is that unpredictable heÂ’s shocking himself 99% of the time. If heÂ’s a first team player next season then weÂ’re screwed.

Our best attacking team atm is Lennon and Mirallas out wide with Barkley and Lukaku central. How fuckin hard is this shit, people?

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