Friday 25 May 2018

‘Take the wage cut and be a player again’ – Eamon Dunphy calls for Aiden McGeady to kick-start career

Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Eamon Dunphy believes Aiden McGeady must leave Everton if he is to get his career back on track, even if that means a drop in division.

The Republic of Ireland winger joined the Toffees 12 months ago after four years with Spartak Moscow, but has only featured in one first-team match this season, the 5-3 defeat of Barnsley in the Capital one Cup back in August.

By contrast, the 29-year-old has played on three occasions for his country in the same period.

With the European Championships on the horizon this summer, the RTE analyst says a move away from Goodison Park is crucial for the Scottish-born wide player.

“For Aiden, the day of reckoning is coming again,” Dunphy told RTÉ 2fm’s Game On.

“He is not going to have another major championship in him. And every day he sits on his backside and doesn’t play, he is losing a day of what will probably be the most fruitful thing in his life.

“So he has got to come to terms with where he is. And there is more to life than money. I think he should go.

“Does he want to play for Ireland? He should want to get away and play six months in the Championship or wherever it is, take the wage cut and be a player again.

“If he sits on his backside for six months...I don’t respect that. I can understand it, but I wouldn’t really respect it.”

McGeady penned a four-and-a-half year deal last January and Dunphy says that while it makes sense to stay on Merseyside from a financial perspective, there is more to life than the pay cheque.

“I think that Aiden McGeady should think about more than his salary,” he said.

“Here’s the question though: McGeady has an agent that gets part of his wages, so what is the agent saying? ‘Take a 50% wage cut to go to Sheffield Wednesday’.

“Or is he saying, ‘you sit there, Baby’.”

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