McGeady is PNE Player of the season

Monday 1 May 2017  42 Comments  [Jump to last]

McGeady holds PNE's 2017 Sir Tom Finney Player of the Season trophy

Aiden McGeady, who has been out on loan at Preston North End since the end of August, has been voted their player of the season.

Clutching the handsome looking Tom Finney Trophy, Aiden McGeady stated his desire to return to Deepdale once his loan spell is over. The Irish international winger said that whilst his future was out of his hands, he would love a return to a club where he has enjoyed his time this season.

“I get asked about my future a lot, but in all honesty, I don't know what is going to happen in the summer, because I probably won't have the final say. I'd like to come back because I have enjoyed it. It has been the best thing that has happened to me in the last few years.

“Before this I was forgotten about the last couple of years; I wasn't playing at Everton, I didn't play much at Sheffield Wednesday, but here I have played, I have enjoyed it, it has been great for me and I would like to come back, but it is out of my hands.”

McGeady was the runaway winner of the fan voted trophy and was proud to have collected the award named after another entertainer and winger.


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Brian Porter
1 Posted 01/05/2017 at 05:50:03
He may not have cut the mustard with us, flattering to deceive on too many occasions, but until he's officially transferred he's still one of ours, so congratulations Aiden on collecting a piece of silverware bearing such a prestigious name.
Sam Hoare
2 Posted 01/05/2017 at 06:57:51
Shows what confidence and a run in the team can do for players. Not suggesting he has a future here just how form can change very quickly for players. Look at Eden Hazard this season and last...
Darryl Ritchie
3 Posted 01/05/2017 at 07:57:54
I've always liked McGeady. Frustratingly inconsistent when he was at Everton, but seems to have found his mojo at PNE. I wish him well.
Jim Bennings
4 Posted 01/05/2017 at 08:49:30
A decent club for him, maybe in the play-off race next term.

I hope Koeman has a pacy winger in the planning for the summer business because since Deulofeu left on loan we are basically all out in terms of genuine width and it's really shown by the inability to get behind teams in the away games.

David Pearl
5 Posted 01/05/2017 at 09:03:46
Good for him!!
Pete Scofield
6 Posted 01/05/2017 at 09:12:05
Only ever a 2nd-tier player at best. Just look at the teams he's previously played for! Merely found his level again. Good riddance.
Danny Broderick
7 Posted 01/05/2017 at 09:23:13
He's found his level – middle of the Championship.
Christopher Timmins
8 Posted 01/05/2017 at 10:17:07
Well done... and if it results in an increased fee for the club, all the better.

Did he also win Player of the Month in the division recently?

Mike Allen
10 Posted 01/05/2017 at 10:31:54
Yes, well done – playing at a level that's good him.

At least another eight need to do the same and find their level because they are not good enough for the Premier League.

Peter Laing
11 Posted 01/05/2017 at 11:36:14
Well done, Aiden. There is no doubt that there is a very good technical player in McGeady but he does not have the strength and physical prowess or guile to compete at the very top level. Scottish football / Championship is his ultimate level.
Brian Furey
12 Posted 01/05/2017 at 11:52:46
Glad people are responding positively and that Aidan is happy in his football again.
Andrew Clare
13 Posted 01/05/2017 at 12:29:34
Very pleased for him. A very talented player. Good for Preston. A shame it didn't work out for him here.
Denis Richardson
14 Posted 01/05/2017 at 15:16:32
Congrats to Aiden – you can only play for the club you're at and try your best and PNE certainly appreciate him.

He seems to have found his level in the championship so hopefully the two clubs can come to an amicable agreement. Not sure what we paid for him but don't believe it was much so we should accept a small fee to let him go as he's not good enough for us. I think he only has one more year on his contract with us.

Failing that, loan him out for another year and let someone else pay his wages until his contract with us runs out.

Colin Hughes
15 Posted 01/05/2017 at 15:22:30
I would have him back tomorrow, at least he puts a decent cross into the box unlike Baines and Coleman who can't get it past the first man.
Barry McNally
16 Posted 01/05/2017 at 15:30:47
"It is out of my hands." – No, it's not.
Mike Gaynes
17 Posted 01/05/2017 at 15:33:56
McGeady's Marseilles spin and through ball in the FA Cup tie with Arsenal was one of the moments of the season. I'm happy he's found a home.
Alan J Thompson
18 Posted 01/05/2017 at 15:56:25
He's playing well, enjoying it and getting well paid.
More power to him.
Jay Wood
19 Posted 01/05/2017 at 16:11:55
Why would anyone begrudge the lad some happiness and joy in his life?

Is he good enough for Everton and our ambitions? No.

Based on performances, can he cut it at Premier League level? Again, no.

The lad still gets a 'well done' from me for evidently being a popular and effective player at Preston.

Good on him!

Brent Stephens
20 Posted 01/05/2017 at 16:35:45
Jay, I noted your piece on the March for Science on another thread.
Brent Stephens
21 Posted 01/05/2017 at 16:37:43
Nice posts in this thread. None (or little) of the "good riddance" stuff.
Barry Jones
22 Posted 01/05/2017 at 17:37:33
McGeady, like many wingers and forwards, is a confidence player. He is very talented, but he never had full backing at Everton and his opportunities were few and far between. How people can judge him on that is beyond my comprehension.

I also don't agree with the comments about Championship being his level. His age is now a bigger factor regarding his future and playing level. I have seen some of the footage of the Preston games this year and McGeady has been impressive, and entertaining.

Chris Corn
23 Posted 01/05/2017 at 17:51:21
Barry 22, like Deulofeu and Niasse, they go elsewhere and do alright and, all of a sudden, Everton have shit on them and they weren't given a fair shot.

For me, these fellas are not good enough, end of. If they are successful elsewhere, good for them... but I do not see us rueing their departure.

Spencer Ramsay
25 Posted 01/05/2017 at 18:08:41
Good. Should be able to get £10 million for him then!! Lol...
Michael Kenrick
26 Posted 01/05/2017 at 20:06:34
Isn't it a little odd him saying "it's out of my hands"?

Perhaps he's saying it's down to:

(a) PNE wanting him — surely they do? .
(b) PNE meeting his wage demands? — that might be more problematic, if he really is on 㿨k/wk... presumably that's down to his agent, rather than him? Is that what he's saying?
(c) PNE meeting Everton's valuation — probably a minor consideration as we paid a nominal fee (~ٟM), apparently — although Transfer Markt list him at €4M.

So yea, I can see a footballer thinking it's out of his hands... but surely not, if he really wants to stay with them.

Chris Williams
27 Posted 01/05/2017 at 20:25:14
I think it may be the fee required. But we'll see.

We certainly don't want him.

Bill Gienapp
28 Posted 01/05/2017 at 20:43:37
I got fed up with McGeady's inconsistency (and apparent laziness), but he had his moments for us. Scored a cracker of a goal against Leicester to open the 2014-15 campaign.

Of course, that was the ONLY goal he scored for us.

Andy Crooks
29 Posted 01/05/2017 at 20:55:14
I am really pleased for Aiden. It's all about confidence and if he has it he is good.
Oliver Molloy
30 Posted 01/05/2017 at 21:03:35

Preston will need to offer him at least a three-year deal to make up for the cut in wages he would take moving.

I read somewhere that we want £2.5 million and Preston are offering £1.25 million which means he will end up at Sunderland...

Mick Davies
31 Posted 02/05/2017 at 02:17:02
I wish him well too, but being a talented player, he has only himself to blame for not being a regular here. A true pro would look after his body and give 100%, something he failed to do.

He is probably now realising that at this stage in his career, it's time to grow up, and stop blaming coaches in Russia and elsewhere for his fall from grace. He has no chance at Everton now anyway as Ronnie doesn't do wingers.

Dan Egerton
32 Posted 02/05/2017 at 05:41:35
I remember when he first signed that he looked unfit and I hope he makes an effort to lose some pounds. He took a lot of grief from other Evertonians, but look what happened.

I'm glad he is happy. He seems a decent bloke and congratulations to him for winning such a prestigious award. PNE is a club with great history.

Dan Egerton
33 Posted 02/05/2017 at 05:41:59
I'm guessing PNE will pay around £2 million for him.
Liam Reilly
34 Posted 02/05/2017 at 07:06:30
Good on him.

I suspect Preston will only wish to pay a nominal fee and he (quite rightly) won't enter a transfer request, so that's where it's out of his hands.

Matthew Williams
35 Posted 02/05/2017 at 12:44:47
It was Norwich, Bill... we drew 2-2.

We need wingers – he's one... Keep him here... or just piss away more millions.

Same again next year: 7th... sigh.

Jamie Sweet
36 Posted 02/05/2017 at 21:48:53
It was Leicester Matthew.

The Norwich 2-2 was the one where Barkley scored an absolute screamer.

We drew our opening games of the season 2-2 three years running v Norwich, Leicester and Watford.

Mick Davies
37 Posted 02/05/2017 at 22:05:43
Jamie is correct; it was away at Leicester.
Gavin Johnson
38 Posted 02/05/2017 at 22:42:41
I suspect McGeady can only thrive in a team where he has the absolute trust of the manager and he has a free-role, similar to how Alan Ball managed Matt Le Tissier at Southampton. I seem to remember Ball was the first manager to get the best out of the Matt Le Tissier who at that point was a talented, albeit a temperamental player.

McGeady seems to have found a club where he is the main man and where Grayson lets him do what he wants in the final third. I'm glad it's worked out for him. He's too undisciplined to play as an out-and-out winger and do the hard work in that role – tracking back. He had no chance of making it under Koeman, even Martinez saw that the negatives and inconsistencies outweighed the moments of magic.

Dan Parker
39 Posted 02/05/2017 at 23:00:24
John Ruddy just released by Norwich. Good look to Aiden, he's excelling at that level, it doesn't mean we made a mistake, he just wouldn't get into the team on a regular basis.

Hopefully more to go off the books in the summer and replaced with top quality players Ronald can work with.

McCarthy, Kone, Lennon.

Funes Mori, Mirallas doing just enough for now to stay in the short-term.

Robles, Stekelenburg, not good enough but need a top quality replacement and perhaps one of the two as backup.

Critical: at least one Striker & Goalkeeper

Matthew Williams
41 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:16:42
You're right Gents...memory playing tricks. Barkely & Coleman scored in a 2-2 away game.

To be honest, most of the Bobby Bullshit years I watched through my fingers... & not much has changed neither!

Dale Rose
42 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:28:11
Good on him.
Peter Fearon
44 Posted 09/05/2017 at 20:38:43
Unfortunately, I don't think Koeman is interested in attack-minded players who can beat a man on the ground with the ball at his feet and cross to a striker... otherwise, we would have one!
Martin Nicholls
45 Posted 09/05/2017 at 21:48:54
Peter (#44) – you're surely not using the loaning out of the overweight and unfit (and thus unprofessional) McGeady as an excuse to bash Koeman are you?
Peter Fearon
46 Posted 10/05/2017 at 03:15:48
No Martin, I am not. I am making the separate point that we have no invention, spontaneity or creativity in our attack. No players capable of beating a man on the ground with the ball and crossing accurately. That would be the case whether McGeady played for PNE or Barcelona.

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