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Everton face a perceivably winnable home game against West Ham United this weekend, but their lack of strikers is still a cause for concern, with Arouna Kone, Romelu Lukaku and Lacina Traore still sidelined through injury. However, the improving fitness of new signing Aiden McGeady is a boost for manager Roberto Martinez, who believes the Irish international will be at full speed in the near future.
“He has been putting in extra work, working really hard. It’s about him setting certain levels to make sure he’s fully fit soon. I think when he is he’ll take us to a different level in terms of our forward play.
“With Aiden we had to start from scratch in terms of building up the fitness levels that he needed and we can already see he’s a phenomenal player. He has great technical ability and it’s important to get him feeling sharp so he can show that.
“He’s settled in really well and over the next few weeks I think we’ll see him ready to really help our season," said Martinez.
McGeady will come in and compete with Spanish wide man Gerard Deulofeu on Merseyside, and with rumours suggesting that the Barcelona loanee will stay with Everton next season as well, McGeady could find intense competition in the future - but youngster Deulofeu says he isn't thinking about next season just yet.
“I just live in the moment,” he said. “ At the present time I am an Everton player and I don’t think about where I am going to be next season. It will be wherever God wants it to be, but I am very comfortable here and very happy.“
Meanwhile, Toffees legend Duncan Ferguson has been speaking about his promotion to work alongside Martinez in coaching the first team, which can be seen below.
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