Aiden McGeady earns praise from Everton boss Roberto Martinez


Everton manager Roberto Martinez is pleased that Aiden McGeady's season is ending on a positive note after being plagued by injuries.

Aiden McGeady is in contention for his first start since January when Everton host Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Sunday, Roberto Martinez has told evertontv.

The right wing role is empty with Aaron Lennon ineligible to play due to rules concerning players on loan from parent clubs, therefore an opportunity may arise for Republic of Ireland international McGeady.

The 29-year-old has had knee and back problems over the last three months, but still managed to make an impact in Everton's 2-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday.

Showcasing his quick feet to get himself into a crossing position, McGeady assisted Romelu Lukaku's stoppage-time winner.

"Aiden has got that magic that you need as a wide player to take people on in one-v-one situations," Martinez told evertontv.

"There is nothing better than having a player who can go past people to unlock defensive organisation.

"I thought that when Aidan came on Saturday, he showed sharpness in his play. He looked ready.

"It has been tough for him to be on the sidelines carrying little niggles and injuries. I did feel that when we played against Crystal Palace away he performed really well throughout the 90 minutes. Since then he hasn't been able to be on the pitch.

“To see him fit and ready to fight to get his place back was a real satisfaction and it was a little bit of a sign of the quality that he has. That’s a challenge we have for next season. We have to help him be at the level throughout the season.

“With wingers you rely on the service and the team as well as yourself, and I am very confident that Aiden can be a very important player for us.”

Martinez was also able to tell the press that he has no new injury concerns ahead of the Toffees’ last game of the season against Spurs. However, as stated above, Lennon has played his final game of his loan spell due to being ineligible and will return to White Hart Lane without knowing what the future holds for him there.

Everton will also be without key players such as Leighton Baines, Bryan Oviedo, Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson.

“We are looking forward to work this week and we are going to have a fully fit squad in terms of the players that were available for the West Ham game." Added Martinez. “We got through the game quite well.

"Young Brendan Galloway was cramping up a bit towards the end, which is only normal. I thought he was fantastic with the way he coped on his debut and he is going to be fully fit [for Tottenham].”

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