Monday 20 January 2020

Martinez backs McGeady to kick on after goalscoring breakthrough

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is sure Aiden McGeady is now ready to step up and demonstrate what he is capable of at Premier League level. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is sure Aiden McGeady is now ready to step up and demonstrate what he is capable of at Premier League level. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Roberto Martinez believes that Aiden McGeady is capable of causing havoc for Premier League defences when he's on song.

The Ireland international delivered a statement of intent for the new season on Saturday by scoring his first Everton goal in their 2-2 draw at Leicester.

His manager, who brought McGeady to the club from Spartak Moscow in January, said that the winger's selection for the game was a reward for his pre-season application.

He is sure that the 28-year-old is now ready to step up and demonstrate what he is capable of at this level.

"Aiden has been really bright all pre-season," said Martinez, "He was really sharp and took his goal well. He is someone who, when he is at his very best, is very difficult to stop.

"It was really pleasing to see how well Aiden adapted to the game."

His new colleagues have also been impressed, with Steven Naismith, who also scored at the weekend, believing that Everton fans have only seen glimpses of McGeady's ability.

"I think Aiden's a threat," said the Scot. "He has still not shown his best and he's still getting used to the way we play and what's expected of him.

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"But I think he'll be a real asset over the coming years for Everton. His feet are definitely some of the quickest the boys have ever seen."

Meanwhile, McGeady's former international colleague Paddy Kenny is on the look out for a new club after parting company with Leeds United by mutual consent.

The writing was on the wall for Kenny, who joined the Yorkshire club in 2012, when he wasn't given a squad number for the new campaign.

He has also been the subject of unwelcome speculation over the summer months, with one report claiming that Leeds controversial owner Massimo Cellino had taken against Kenny because of his birthday. Kenny was born on May 17 and the Italian believes that the number 17 is unlucky.

Another more pressing issue for the 36-year-old was concerns that the hierarchy had about his physical condition when he returned for pre-season training.

Kenny had a year remaining on his contract and has agreed a settlement to leave, with a view to finding a new employer before the close of the transfer window.

Donegal goalkeeper Conrad Logan has agreed a loan move to League One side Rochdale. The 28-year-old Leicester man has been on the fringes of their squad since making his Foxes debut in 2006.

Rochdale will be the sixth different club that he has represented on loan.

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