Alex Neil has revealed that the Irish winger has been progressing well recently and has put himself in contention to play at Wembley.
The Black Cats manager told the Shields Gazette: “He’s been much improved over the last couple of weeks, which is great.
“He’s trained really well over the last week so we’ll certainly take a view on Aiden, as we do on every player in terms of where they are.
“He’s certainly done himself no harm whatsoever recently, because he’s trained well and he’s been involved in every session.”
This update from Neil will surely leave Sunderland supporters buzzing, as the return of McGeady would be a huge boost if he is at the peak of his powers.
The winger has not played a competitive match for the club since 23 November against Shrewsbury, and it would be a fantastic story if he is now able to come back and make a big impact in a game of this magnitude.
A win for the Black Cats will see them end their unwanted four-year stay in the third tier of English football with promotion to the Championship. They first need to make their way past Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe, who were in the second tier last season, and having a player with McGeady’s quality would be a big lift to the Black cats.
Last season, he averaged a phenomenal SofaScore rating of 7.31 as he played in 31 League One matches for Sunderland. He ended 2020/21 with four goals and 16 assists as he created an outstanding 2.5 chances per game from out wide.
Meanwhile, no other Sunderland player has created more than 1.9 opportunities per match this season in League One. This suggests that McGeady offers a level of creativity that Neil does not have in any other member of the first-team squad, as the 36-year-old’s statistics prove that he is an exceptional player when it comes to putting balls on a plate for his team-mates.
Therefore, the fans will be buzzing to read that he is in great physical condition and training well ahead of the play-off final, as he has the potential to be a match-winner if he is given the chance to play.