Do you think there is any way back for Aiden McGeady at Sunderland?
Tom Atkinson says...
From a very blunt standpoint: no.
I’m fairly confident that this season the EFL will introduce wages caps this season, and when that happens it has been touted that League One teams will have a ceiling of £2.5 million per year. Existing players on deals that are bigger than those allowed will likely count £110k each towards the overall budget, so I’d imagine McGeady will be loved on fairly quickly as the club look for younger talent to improve the side.
From a footballing perspective, there is no doubt that McGeady is a quality player. His trickery, vision, and ability to produce moments of magic effectively carried Sunderland to the play-off final back in 2019 after Josh Maja had left for France.
However, it could be argued that Sunderland need something different to McGeady now. Out wide, I think we need pace and athleticism that can stretch teams instead of pure technical ability that enables teams to regroup and consolidate. Chris Maguire is the technician we need in the side right now, and he needs to be supported by a couple of pacey wide men who will compete with Gooch for a starting spot.
Should McGeady stay, I’d be thrilled, and would like to see him play in behind the striker where he would have free reign to pull the strings in attack. That being said, Chris Maguire is arguably just as good in that role, and won’t be on anywhere near the same wages.
Sean Brown says...
An interesting question given the current state of affairs. I’ve not been shy in sharing my opinion that the team this season gone seemed to perform better without Aiden in it, and I’ve also a sneaking suspicion he’s no fan of a few at RR at all. But after all the McFlurry of the last 6 months or so, is it time to look past the poor performances under Ross and the apparent issues with the current manager?
I think the latter of the questions I’m asking myself right now is probably the most important. If we are to continue with Parkinson in place - as nothing seems to be changing on that front - then how exactly do the two remedy whatever disagreement they may have? It’s a question that continues to raise more questions for me regarding squad unity and the relationship between these too alleged adversaries.
Of course, the other side of it is do we have more firepower and options with him available, to which the answer would be yes, obviously.
What I’m getting from looking over the proposed financial restrictions we’re to be operating in from the start of this coming season, is that ultimately this option of bringing McGeady back - with all the other possible problems and questions it raises taken into account - is unlikely to be one we’d actually bother with.
Malcolm Dugdale says...
My view on this is quite brief.
He has some sort of personal clash with the manager/dressing room, so Parky doesn’t want him back. From a people-management perspective it is a no, unless the manager changes, which will likely only happen if Donald sells.
He is on a wage that is way higher than probably everyone else left at the club, and several players combined together, but we were not getting value for that. Furthermore, wage caps could soon be an issue, so financially it’s a no.
He has gone on loan to the club that beat us in the playoff finals last year, and they are one point above Championship relegation with a few games to go, so he’s hardly ripped up trees to suggest we should take him back and use him.
Oh and he’s 34, and we have loads of good young lads (though less than before) that we should give a go before him.
Good luck Aiden, but I don’t think the McDonalds outlets in Sunderland or Durham will see you again, never mind the Stadium of Light.
Jack Howe-gingell says...
Aiden McGeady is unwanted by Phil Parkinson so the quick answer is no. Cast aside as an alleged trouble maker or didn’t fit into Parkinson’s preferred way of playing (whatever that is).
There is also the financial element to consider. McGeady will be one of our top earners and we are seemingly penniless, so will likely be shifted on to acquiesce this.
It’s a shame as a McGeady is a player with considerable ability. Let us not forget the amount of times he saved Jack Ross’ sides, often winning or recovering points on his own.
It can be argued that McGeady doesn’t fit into our supposed tactical style due to his slower play style and tendency to cut inside, but I still believe you can’t doubt quality and it is area we are sorely lacking.
Ultimately, I’d be highly surprised if McGeady plays another game for us. Maybe a change of ownership or manager might change that future, but neither is forthcoming.