Everton: McGeady Is Defender’s Worst Nightmare

New Everton signing Aiden McGeady

New signing jets to Blues training camp

New signing Aiden McGeady has been labelled  as “a defender’s worst nightmare” by a player  who has faced him.

Former Everton left-back Michael Ball played  against McGeady in the Scottish Premier League  with Rangers and was immediately struck by his  skill with the ball.

McGeady, who shot to prominence with  Celtic, has been backed to be an instant hit at  Goodison Park by Ball following his arrival on  Saturday on a four-and-a-half year deal from  Spartak Moscow.

Ball believes the Everton fans will  fall in love with the 27-year-old because  of his entertaining and attacking  style.

“He is a great signing for Everton,”  said Ball.

“He is so skilful and the fans are  going to be made up with him. They  will pay to come and watch him.

“The type of tricks he performs  makes him the type of player we’ve not  had for a while. It is going to be  interesting to see where he plays in the  side.

“Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas can play  on the left so maybe he will be on the right and  link up with Seamus Coleman. He is more of a  left-sided player but he is both-footed. He has  the ability to cut in from either side and shoot as  well as put crosses in. So McGeady will create  opportunities for Everton’s strikers.

“It is great that he has come here and,  hopefully, can now show the Premier League  what he is made of. Hopefully the Blues get the  best out of him.”

Ball faced Everton’s new signing in an Old  Firm clash in November 2004 when McGeady  was an emerging talent north of the border.

The former full-back, who made 139 appearances for the Blues between 1996 and 2001,  says he was thankful that the then Celtic player  took up a position on the opposite side of the  field to him.

“When he came on that day I’m thinking to  myself ‘stay away from my side’,” said Ball with  a laugh. “And it was very much a case of ‘here we  go’. He came on and floated between the left  hand side and middle.

 

Aidan McGeady
Aidan McGeady

“He is a defender’s worst nightmare. His feet  are so quick and the crowd at Everton are going  to love him.”

Ball added: “Aiden was the bright new star  coming through in Scottish football when I was  there. He was playing well in the SPL but also in  the Champions League and his performances  stood out there as well.

“You could tell he was naturally gifted and so it was just a matter of time  to see if he was going to carry that on  because of a lot of lads fade.”

McGeady was paraded to the fans  before Saturday’s game at home to  Norwich City and 24 hours later jetted  off with the squad for a warm weather  training camp in Tenerife.

Ball says the four day break has come  at an ideal time for the new recruit.

“It is perfect that the lads have all  gone away together for warm weather  training,” Ball said.

“Aiden has international team-mates already  at the club, but being away on a camp with the  rest of the lads is the best way to get to know  them.

“New players tend to stick with the lads they  already know when signing for a club. But  Everton being in Tenerife means he can branch  out because he will be around the players all day  and you have meals with them.

“When I signed for PSV, I was cup-tied for the  Champions League, but I still went away with  them. It was the same when I signed for Man  City in the January, the team went to Dubai for  warm weather training. In the four days he’s  spent with the lads in Tenerife, Aiden will feel  like he’s been at the club for ages.”

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