Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that Aiden McGeady is the perfect man to fill in for the injured Steven Pienaar.
McGeady only arrived at Goodison Park in January after a spell in Russia with Spartak Moscow, and initial doubts over his fitness seem to have been allayed in recent weeks.
Martinez is currently without star wide-man Pienaar through injury, and is glad that he has his winter arrival to cover for the South African:
“You can see he is a very different footballer with how he enjoys the one-v-one situations.” He told the club’s official website.
“He has got such an incredible ability – sometimes you can miss his touches. He goes away from players with ease and I thought he was a constant threat. He was very strong and it was a really good game for him to be involved.
“With Steven Pienaar injured, we had a real threat and he was able to perform with a real attacking mentality.”
McGeady made his name in British football with Celtic, before leaving the Bhoys to join Spartak in 2010.
He was relatively impressive in the Russian capital, but a desire to return to familiar ground eased a January switch to Everton.