Everton latest: Barry backs McGeady for more magic, Martinez praises signings

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Many of Everton's squad are currently away on international duty, but one Toffees star stole the show this weekend. Winger Aiden McGeady has enjoyed an impressive start to the season in the Premier League, and carried that form onto the international stage with two goals for the Republic of Ireland against Georgia on Sunday. Midfielder Gareth Barry believes that the two goals - particularly the second, which was described as 'a touch of genius' but Ireland boss Martin O'Neill - from the former Celtic man will given him even more confidence.

"It was great to see Aiden McGeady score both goals in their win," said Barry. "It was a fantastic result for Ireland and it’s always good to see the lads not only playing but scoring.

“It’s something we have seen regularly in training from Aiden. He stuck one away against Leicester and it wasn’t a surprise for him to produce a bit of magic like that. Hopefully that will be brought back here now. Games and goals like that bring confidence. Last season, he was a bit frustrated coming in in January and not being 100 per cent fit. But we have seen the best of him in pre-season and yesterday’s result and finishes will help."

McGeady isn't the only player to have impressed for Everton so far this season despite the Toffees still looking for their first win of the season. Forward Steven Naismith featured for Scotland in their 2-1 defeat to Germany on Sunday, and has been prolific for Everton so far this season - and the former Rangers man finally feels at home on Merseyside.

"It has been a good start to the season for me. I enjoyed my pre-season and I've managed to kick on from there. I've managed to score a few goals," he said. "I started off pre-season as the striker but since then I've dropped a little deeper into the hole. I haven't done anything different at all. I'm just another year older and another year wiser.

“I'm more familiar with surroundings and I'm settled. The last six to eight months of last season I played well and in almost every game. I've been lucky enough to kick on. It's down to confidence. That comes from the manager who allows me to express myself."

Finally, the transfer window is all over now after its eventual end seven days ago, and manager Roberto Martinez has been speaking of his delight at the signings made by Everton after landing Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku on permanent deals, whilst also snapping up Muhamed Besic, Christian Atsu and Samuel Eto'o.

"There has been terrific work. If you look at how we left it at the end of last season, the priority was continuity," the Spaniard said. "The squad that we assembled now gives us the opportunity to carry on the good work that we did last season and to push on a bit further."

"A lot of young players have an extra year of development and a lot of the senior players are now in a position where they’re able to affect the youngsters in a very demanding season. It’s been a real success to sign players on a permanent basis of the calibre of Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry, and Samuel Eto‘o," added the former Wigan boss.

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