Kevin Phillips predicts exit of top Sunderland player

Former Sunderland Champion Kevin Phillips believe veteran winger Aiden McGeady will leave the Black Cats this summer when his contract expires.

The 35-year-old, who amassed 93 international caps for the Republic of Ireland, has been with Wearside since the summer of 2017 when he was acquired by Simon Grayson of Everton after spending the previous campaign at Preston North End.

Despite being part of the Sunderland squad which was relegated to League One in 2018 and also one of the club’s top earners, McGeady has remained at the club and scored 11 third division goals, but in 2019, he would eventually be frozen. by then manager Phil Parkinson.

Lee Johnson got McGeady back to the Sunderland squad at the end of 2020 and he scored four times and assisted 16 goals in 31 Ligue 1 appearances last season, and continued his form in the current campaign with three goals and four assists until he won a knee injury in November.

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The wide and delicate player has been on the sidelines since and due to coming to the end of his career and the money he will be currently on, former Black Cat forward Phillips cannot see a future. beyond this season for McGeady.

“At the end of the day, it’s a big commitment to give a player McGeady’s money another year,” Phillips said Football initiate.

“He will be a year older and he has had injury issues. The injuries were a shame because we know how brilliant he is.

“Do I see him at Sunderland next season?” Probably not.

“If they get promoted and can get him back into shape that might be a different story. He’s an asset to any team when he’s in great shape.

“The older you get, the harder it is to come back from these injuries. For this reason, I would be surprised if McGeady was a Sunderland player next season.

The verdict

Sunderland appears to be taking a different direction with their recent signings – there has been some experience brought in as Alex Pritchard and Corry Evans as well as young players, but McGeady is somewhat outside the age bracket that Johnson wants.

His contract had to be extended after his great form last season, but his performances during the current campaign have been somewhat inconsistent.

Now injured and having spent nearly two months on the sidelines, McGeady might not return with the same creativity and flair he had before.

It would make sense to let him go at the end of the season, regardless of which division Sunderland is in, but he certainly won’t be running out of offers if that is the case.

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