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Simon Jones
1 Posted 01/06/2020 at 10:17:44
Seemed to be well thought of at Sunderland (having watched both Netflix "Sunderland 'til I Die" series) and possibly one of those players whose skill sets were not backed by any natural athleticism. I'll never forget how unlike a PL footballer he looked when he was presented to the crowd. Perhaps the slightly slower pace in the Championship & League 1 suited him, after all, he was hardly a terrible player.
Paul Richards
2 Posted 01/06/2020 at 10:27:47
It's just depressing being reminded of this. Okay so he was a cheap date but boy did he fail to deliver.

It says Martinez had always wanted him. Why? What possible qualities did he really possess? It's another saga that tells the world how useless we have been at finding real talent, when we brought in rubbish like this.

Now I just feel very depressed. When is the transfer window going to open so we can put our weight behind the next big game-changer?

Richard Duff
3 Posted 01/06/2020 at 12:12:24
Martinez was hot for him for yonks, to the point it seemed we were linked with him every window for about 3 years before he even arrived. By the time he did arrive, he was old news and on the way down.

As others have said, no athlete and best suited to football from 30 years ago (or Division 3) where a winger could neglect defending and have a rest every 5 minutes.

Some wingers would fare better with two target men to aim for in the middle, I don't think that would have made a difference for Aiden.

Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 01/06/2020 at 12:44:06
Possibly made a fortune in Russia, and it may have given him a completely different mindset and attitude, because he came to Everton unfit, and never once looked like he pushed himself to become an effective member of the team.
Peter Gorman
5 Posted 01/06/2020 at 12:58:32
McGeady could have been an excellent signing.

For Wigan.

Robert Tressell
6 Posted 01/06/2020 at 13:00:04
What we learn from this, and Niasse and Bilyaletdinov, is that the standard in Russia is not great. It's also much less physical and dynamic than the Premier League – and possibly more able to accommodate technical players who don't have much oomph.

Niasse probably did well(-ish) because his all-action, haphazard style presumably confused the hell out of defences used to coping with tidy footballers like Hleb, Zhirkov, Arshavin and Bilyaletdinov (albeit inferior versions).

It's hard to think of many Russians (as distinct from Ukranians) who have flourished in a major league. Conclusion: stop signing players from the Russian league unless (like Malcom) they've already shown they can cut it in Western Europe.

Kevin Prytherch
7 Posted 01/06/2020 at 13:08:47
Another thing to learn is to be wary of free, or cheap contract clauses, as they often come with inflated wages and long contracts.

Bernard is our top earner on around £120k per week and is a rotation player.

Sandro was a cheap clause – and we still have him.

McGeady got 4½ years on £60k. If we were actually buying him, I reckon it would have been less wages and a shorter contract.

Jermaine Beckford was a relative success for a free.

Are there any others we've been stung by?

James Flynn
8 Posted 01/06/2020 at 13:13:50
What I remember about him is when he was introduced at halftime. So out of shape, he was actually fat.

Peter Gorman
9 Posted 01/06/2020 at 13:34:45
Here is an interview with McGeady on his time at Everton and his recollection is actually pretty much the same as ours.

Aside from the comings and goings he discusses, things to note are the fact that all players in Russia smoke and that our late Roberto Martinez didn't half love to flannel his players

Link

Robert Tressell
10 Posted 01/06/2020 at 13:48:09
Kevin - the list of recent transfers we haven't been stung by is shorter. Richarlison, Gomes and Digne have all worked out well considering outlay.

There's a few more who we probably all have mixed feelings about, eg, Sigurdsson, Mina, Pickford, Keane and Bernard. Everyone else (apart from young lads bought a while ago for peanuts) have looked like expensive (fee and / or wages) mistakes.

No-one yet knows for sure which category Kean and Iwobi fall in but I am confident that there are dozens of players around Europe who would have delivered much more for a lower fee.

John Raftery
11 Posted 01/06/2020 at 15:39:25
McGeady was a terrible player. He was first mentioned as a possible signing around 2008-09. After that, I watched him a few times playing for his country and thought he was awful. When we eventually did sign him he was even worse.

Martinez said he had ‘de-trained' during the few weeks before he arrived. What that revealed for me was a poor attitude and a lack of ambition. We should have sent him packing. For me, the arrival of this joker was the beginning of Martinez's rapid decline as a respected manager.

Terry White
12 Posted 01/06/2020 at 17:06:26
I recall McGeady playing a delightful through ball for Mirallas to score at Fulham. And, of course, he recycled the ball back into the goal area for Jagielka's screamer at the Kop end.
Kevin Prytherch
13 Posted 01/06/2020 at 17:28:02
Robert, I was just looking at the so called “bargains” that we get on free transfers (or cheap in Sandro's case).

People always think it's worth a gamble, but then we're stuck with them for ages if it doesn't work out.

Robert Tressell
14 Posted 01/06/2020 at 18:23:07
Kevin - I see. Beckford was quite a fun signing. Sort of like Niasse in the sense of posing a goal threat without being much good at football. With a player like Bernard you basically pay the transfer fee to the player in instalments of huge wages, instead of to the selling club. Possibly cost effective but as you say makes the player hard to shift mid-contract.

As for others, didn't we sign Lucas Neill on a free and then sell him shortly afterwards?

Steve Carse
15 Posted 01/06/2020 at 19:00:43
Robert (14), yes we did. Sold him after half a season. He played well when here and was enjoying his time. Then an un-Everton thing happened. The opportunity to make money on a free transferee arose – and we took it.

A great piece of business thinking and a profit of around quarter of a million I think. Doubtless the Board member who engineered it was subsequently removed for being a smart arse and not thinking in the Everton way.

Jerome Shields
16 Posted 02/06/2020 at 09:11:19
I hoped McGeady would have been a success, but he wasn't up to the standard required. He did well out of the Everton transfer, he had a good agent. A lot of Everton players have good agents, though how good are Everton at negociating contracts?
Steve Hogan
17 Posted 02/06/2020 at 09:21:14
Re the Beckford signing, did he score the 'wonder' goal against Chelsea were he picked up the ball in his own half and then proceeded to run the whole length of the pitch before scoring?
Simon Jones
18 Posted 02/06/2020 at 15:11:55
Steve @17

Saw that video of Beckford's goal over on Twitter the other day, someone commented along the lines of, "Never has a player mis-controlled a ball the entire length of the pitch and still slotted it home so calmly."

Steve Hogan
19 Posted 02/06/2020 at 17:58:29
Agree, it bobbled, bounced, deflected, how on earth he managed to find the net at the end of such a passage of play is still a mystery.

At that point we should have wrapped him in cotton wool and sold him for £10M – only joking, by the way.

Kevin Latham
20 Posted 02/06/2020 at 23:22:32
I liked him at Celtic and thought he might do well for us. But when he was introduced to the crowd he looked like Joe Anderson after a night out at Maccies.

Turned out a huge disappointment (McGeady, not Joe), couldn't really cope with the Premier League and didn't look like he wanted to. I haven't heard him speak well of us since he went, even though we gave him the big stage.

Flattered to deceive, I always had the impression – I could be wrong – that he thought he was a better player than he was.

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