Sunday 19 January 2020

Irish international Aiden McGeady stripped of Everton squad number by Ronald Koeman

Aiden McGeady's chances of staying at Everton look slim
Aiden McGeady's chances of staying at Everton look slim
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Aiden McGeady’s miserable spell at Everton will soon come to a conclusion, after the club confirmed he has not been given a first team squad number for the new season.

Strikers Oumar Niasse, Conor McAleny and Leandro Rodriguez, winger Aiden McGeady and defender Luke Garbutt were all left out of the initial allocation confirmed by the club.

McGeady arrived at Goodison Park in January 2014 after sealing a move from Spartak Moscow, but he has failed to make his mark in the Premier League and spent the second half of last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.

Despite failing to impress during his temporary switch to the Hillsborough club, McGeady was included in Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2016 finals in France last summer.

He played in three of Ireland’s four matches in the tournament as a substitute, but predictably made little impact as France ended the Irish dream at the last-16 stage.

While it always seemed unlikely that new Everton boss Ronald Koeman would hand McGeady a fresh chance to kick-start his Goodison Park career, his fall from grace was confirmed as the club announced their squad numbers for the new season.

McGeady had been wearing the No.7 shirt at Everton last season, but that jersey has now been taken by Spanish star Gerard Deulofeu, leaving the Irishman to look for a future elsewhere has appeared to be a little out of his depth in the Premier League and he may now look to secure a move to a Championship club or even back to Scotland, where he enjoyed some of his finest moments with Celtic.

McGeady played small parts in the Toffees' first two domestic pre-season games but did not travel to Germany for two matches in Dresden.

Aiden McGeady

Niasse, Everton's third most expensive signing for £13.5million, only arrived in January from Lokomotiv Moscow but managed just 152 minutes of competitive football.

The Senegal international played only one half of a behind-closed-doors match during the club's Austrian training camp but has not featured in any of Everton's four friendlies.

England midfielder Ross Barkley has swapped his number 20 shirt for the number eight of Bryan Oviedo, while new signing Idrissa Gueye has been given 17 after fellow midfielder Mo Besic opted to change to number 21.

Academy graduates Tom Davies and Kieran Dowell, who featured briefly at the end of last season, have been promoted to numbers 26 and 28 respectively.

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