After more than a month of speculation that he would move away from Everton, winger Aiden McGeady is officially headed to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on a loan until the conclusion of the current campaign.
The loan comes as no real surprise. McGeady joined the Toffees in January of 2014, the club's first season under Roberto Martinez, but has failed to make a real impression. The Irishman has made 23 total appearances for the first team and scored just one goal (a brilliant strike against Leicester on Opening Weekend of the 2014-15 season) in that time. This season in particular has been a tough go as we have seen him for just 45 minutes, a start against Barnsley in the Capital One Cup back in August.
Rumors of a change of scenery for McGeady have run rampant this season as it has become more and more apparent that he does not appear to be in Everton's plans, despite how much the club has struggled. Different stories had him going to Sevilla, Blackburn, Leeds or even to his former club, Celtic. With Euro 2016 around the corner, the winger risks losing his spot in the Ireland squad should he have almost no recent game time under his belt.
McGeady was hesitant to move down a level of competition with a club like Wednesday, but it seems like his best opportunity for first-time football. The La Liga move to Sevilla would have been higher profile, but it may have been a similar story there as with EFC.
McGeady signed a four-and-a-half year contract when he came to Everton in 2014, which would keep him as a member of the club through the end of the 2017-18 season. So, while he looks to be going away for now, it does not sound like anything permanent has been agreed to. If that is the case, he will have a chance to come back in and earn his way onto the pitch. Martinez does love himself some pacey wide-men with skill. The Irish international is that, but he will have to work to get back into the picture.