Martinez quashes McGeady rumours

, 14 July, 26comments  |  Jump to most recent
Roberto Martinez has poured cold water on speculation linking Aiden McGeady with a move away from Everton this summer.

The Republic of Ireland international has been the subject of a number of stories suggesting he could be on his way out of Goodison after just 18 months, with his old club Celtic and Sunderland reportedly interested.

One report claimed that the Glasgow club had had a 1m offer for McGeady rejected but Martinez insists there is "nothing" in the speculation.

"Aiden is an exceptionally talented player and I'm looking forward to seeing him fully fit and playing again," the manager told the media in Singapore today ahead of the first Barclays Asia Trophy game against Stoke tomorrow.

McGeady did not make the trip to the Far East because of the recurrence of the hamstring problems that disrupted his 2014-15 season and the club's medical staff are working to get to the bottom of the complaint.  

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Tony Abrahams
1 Posted 14/07/2015 at 07:07:58
That's all the confirmation needed that Aiden is on his way out!
Anthony Flack
2 Posted 14/07/2015 at 07:32:32

The guy has done nothing particularly wrong except not play well. His "exceptional talent" is no consolation if we never get to see it.

If I was Aiden I would move on as I cannot see him getting a game....

Mike Allison
3 Posted 14/07/2015 at 07:44:47
Inconsistent and injury-prone. He needs to get fit and start producing week-in, week-out, otherwise he's just a passenger.
Victor Yu
4 Posted 14/07/2015 at 07:51:22
He said it was unlikely to get Del Boy permanently also. There was no Distin fallout.

9 times out of 10 he says one thing but does another.

Dermot O'Brien
6 Posted 14/07/2015 at 08:10:56
Damn it!!!
James Stewart
7 Posted 14/07/2015 at 08:27:31
How many wingers do you need? Lennon will no doubt arrive close to the deadline which makes 5 vying for 2 starting spots. Lennon over McGeady any day for me.
Trevor Peers
8 Posted 14/07/2015 at 08:48:55
I'll be very surprised if we sign Lennon, James, Roberto prefers Del boy.

The statement about McGeady just means he's not selling him.

Colin Glassar
9 Posted 14/07/2015 at 08:55:43
"He's a very important part of our plans for this season" -- Roberto Martinez talking about Fellaini about two days before he sold him.
Mark Pendleton
10 Posted 14/07/2015 at 08:57:22
If you have dismissed a low bid for a player, you're hardly likely to come out and say, "Yeah, we've got better players here, he's unlikely to get a sniff" are you?
Karl Parsons
11 Posted 14/07/2015 at 09:15:53
I see "exceptional" is creeping back into Martinez's vocabulary. That's a bad sign...
Oliver Molloy
12 Posted 14/07/2015 at 09:23:11
Mark @ 10


I wonder what those above would say if Martinez said "McGeady is crap and actually that is the main reason he did not come out here with us, we are keeping our fingers crossed we get a bit if money for him."

John Raftery
13 Posted 14/07/2015 at 09:51:59
If McGeady really is an important part of our plans for the season ahead, we are destined to struggle. He is a 'blur of wrong decisions and red faced earnestness' (Sunday Times, January 2015).

I prefer to think Roberto is doing his usual spin to raise the price. If a club makes a bid of around £4m he will go. We could then sign Lennon for a similar amount.

Brian Porter
14 Posted 14/07/2015 at 10:13:26
I've long since ceased to believe 99% of our manager's inane utterances, but if he truly believes McGeady to be an exceptionally talented player, it only goes to show how little he knows about what makes 'an exceptionally talented player.'

If you add up all of McGeady's playing time since he joined us, you're likely to find about ten to fifteen minutes of 'fairly talented' play. Please get real Roberto, sell him while he still has a minimal transfer value and put the money towards a decent centre-back, goalkeeper or this mythical Number 10 we keep hearing about.

Liam Reilly
17 Posted 14/07/2015 at 10:42:53
Lets do a count:

Mirallas (possibly on his way out if rumors are to be believed)
Pienaar - talented but getting older and won't play a full season
Deulofeu - Is still young so will blow hot and cold and will be protected on occasion
McGeady - Inconsistent but on his day can be something special

Lennon is not here and I suspect won't be coming unless Mirallas goes in the other direction which I hope is not the case.

The cash from selling McGeady won't buy much either; so I reckon he's staying and the remaining cash is for the elusive Number 10 and a Central Defender on Loan.

James Marshall
18 Posted 14/07/2015 at 11:21:44
Spin, spin, spin... I do wonder why so many people take everything they read at face value.
Gavin Johnson
19 Posted 14/07/2015 at 11:31:34
I hope it is just spin and McGeady hasn't gone out with the rest of the squad because they're be an imminent move to another club. McGeady is an indicator of where we'll be at next season - If he's in and around the first team the best we can hope for is mid-table mediocrity.
Danny Halsall
20 Posted 14/07/2015 at 11:38:41
I think I still fancy him to go as well. It would be great if we could get McGeady off the books and get Lennon in for a similar cost, that would be great business.

Then onto a creative midfielder and centre back and I think we are done, unless we let McCarthy or Mirallas leave, then we would need a like-for-like replacement.

I would like to see a new goalkeeper in also, but I don't feel that is a position that we should be desperate to address given the needs of other areas of the squad.

James Flynn
21 Posted 14/07/2015 at 13:06:41
"McGeady did not make the trip to the Far East because of the recurrence of the hamstring problems that disrupted his 2014-15 season and the club's medical staff are working to get to the bottom of the complaint."

What club is interested in signing that player?

Besides which, he's a Roberto signing. He's staying.

Denis Richardson
22 Posted 14/07/2015 at 13:18:33
How to put a dampener on my day... then I remembered the "Eto'o is going nowhere" statement.

Bye Bye, Aiden...

David Booth
23 Posted 14/07/2015 at 13:57:31
Pity, because he's really not very good is he?

Sell him.

And forget that headless chicken, flash-in-the-pan, never-really-made-it, no-goal-threat, too old, option that is Lennon.

Just give Mirallas whatever it needs to keep him happy - as he's the only pure matchwinner we have. Maverick he may be, but boy does he know where the goal is. Would be devastating if we let him go, especially in some form of weird swap deal for the above...

Scott Goin
25 Posted 14/07/2015 at 14:35:42
Thanks for the rational observations, Mark @10 and Oliver @12. All managers are salesmen when it comes to their "product". If you tell the truth, you lose money.

As for McGeady, he hasn't been quite as good as I had hoped but he's still an adequate backup when healthy. Unless we get another winger, I can't see him going.

Kristian Boyce
26 Posted 14/07/2015 at 15:40:35
That must be the same hamstring injury he must've had when he played those two games for the Irish team a few weeks back. Players don't go on tours if they are being sold, so hopefully he'll be on his way soon.
Harold Matthews
27 Posted 14/07/2015 at 16:06:53
He's very quick off the mark. Like Owen, Lennon, Walcott and other flyers, he will always have hamstring problems.

Martinez likes him. A good impact player who can chase down pacey subs and cross the ball from both sides.

Colin Glassar
28 Posted 14/07/2015 at 16:30:13
Hopefully we can swap him for Redmond. Come on Delia, let's be 'avin you.
Neil Thomas
30 Posted 14/07/2015 at 22:23:27
Surely getting players like McGeady and Kone off the books would release the funds to actually buy a player who is proven to do a good job for us, like Lennon.
Barry Jones
32 Posted 15/07/2015 at 17:14:52
There is a possible win-win scenerio. McGeady gets more games, his confidence level goes up, his performance level goes up, his value to the squad increases, his transfer value increases, team performance is enhanced. Is this too "blue sky" do you think?

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