So continues the summer exodus of fringe players at Everton Football club. Mercurial Irish winger Aiden McGeady has been sent to the Stadium of Light on a permanent deal, reported to be in the region of - wait for it - £250,000.
McGeady was purchased from Spartak Moscow in 2014 for a fee of around £1.70m. While his sale to Sunderland is no great financial loss, it does represent a monumental waste of time, and underscores the transfer failings of Roberto Martinez.
The Republic of Ireland International appeared 43 times for Everton, and scored one goal. During his time under contract for the Toffees, he was loaned to both Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End. At Preston, he was named the club’s player of the season for 2016-17.
It’s been a season of overhaul for Ronald Koeman’s crew, and McGeady is unlikely to be the final departure. Other clubs around England are interested in James McCarthy and Gareth Barry, and there are youngsters who will surely need a loan.
There’s also the matter of Oumar Niasse, but we’ll talk about that some other time. Maybe.
Anyway, we’ll always have this goal, so thanks, I guess, Aiden.