Aiden McGeady's Everton fall from grace is complete

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
McGeady looked out of his depth in the Premier League
McGeady looked out of his depth in the Premier League

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.

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.