Everton boss backs newbie to shine

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that Aiden McGeady is the perfect man to fill in for the injured Steven Pienaar.

The Republic of Ireland star started Saturday’s victory against Swansea and was also impressive in the previous weekend’s encounter with Cardiff – in which he played a part in the late winner.

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.