Frozen out at Everton where he has made only one appearance this season, the winger trained yesterday with his new club and is available for tonight’s Championship game against Burnley.
The Owls , currently one point off the promotion play-off places, reportedly beat off interest from fellow Championship sides Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United to land their man. There had also been stories linking the Glaswegian with a possible move to Sevilla.
O’Neill, a long-time champion of the player, has repeatedly stressed the need for the 29 year old to get more game time as France looms ever larger on the horizon, something Everton boss Roberto Martinez alluded too as he sent the player out on loan.
“Aiden needs to play and it’s a really good opportunity for him to do that in a very demanding fixture list for a team that team that can get a good tempo into him for the Euros.”
Welcoming his signing to Hillsborough, Owls boss Carlos Carvahal also emphasised McGeady’s international ambitions.
“He has a big personal challenge because he wants to be in the European (Championship) with the national team,” he said.
And referring to McGeady’s time at Spartak Moscow, the manager went on: “It was good for him to play in different cultures. He understands different systems, different ways to play. He can play on the left, on the right and he can also play behind the striker. You want to bring these players to your team because they have quality. He’s a player that can improve the team and will help us in the second part of the season.”
Wednesday’s Scottish winger Ross Wallace, who came through the ranks with McGeady at Celtic, said the player’s arrival would excite the fans.
“I know him really, really well and he is a real talent,” he said. “We know that we have got a real player on our hands. He is an excellent addition and I am sure the fans will be excited by his signing. He has got some good skills and it is going to be exciting times to see him going one on one with a defender.”
Meanwhile, Shay Given is ready to consider a loan move from Stoke City in the coming weeks in a bid to ensure that he is fully match fit for this summer’s European Championships. Sidelined since the autumn following knee surgery, the veteran ‘keeper is now back in light training and has a clear goal in mind.
“The summer is massive for me and it’s important I get match fit and play a few games to show them I’m ready to get on the plane to France,” said Given.
“It might be here (at Stoke) or it might be on loan for a couple of months. The important thing is to make sure the knee is right and then maybe have a chat with the gaffer.”
The gaffer in question, Mark Hughes, yesterday had decidedly mixed news on Irish international Marc Wilson whose knee injury, while not as bad as first feared, could still rule him out for the rest of the season and so threaten his involvement at Euro 2016.
“It’s not cruciate ligament injury thankfully but it’s the medial, so it’ll be 10-12 weeks, so it’s significant,” said the Stoke boss.
“It’ll near-on rule him out for the season now but hopefully he’ll get back. It’s one you have to manage correctly which we always do and it should be straightforward in terms of recovery. Luckily it’s not a cruciate which we feared when it happened.”