Stephen Elliott: Why it may be time for Sunderland to rest Aiden McGeady despite his magical moments

Even though team form has been really poor in the past few weeks, there has been one consistent in the performances.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 10:00 am

Aiden McGeady Whether he is on the peripheral of a game or highly involved you always sense in any given moment he is capable of doing something magical.

On Saturday against Blackpool, you could argue that had his strike gone in which hit the post just before they scored the game could have panned out differently. It’s all ifs and buts, I know, but still.

With there seemingly not much else to play for over these next few league games, I’d be inclined to give him a bit of a rest over the next few weeks.

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Stephen Elliott: Why it may be time for Sunderland to rest Aiden McGeady

He is 35 now and the worst thing that could happen to the team would be him picking up a knock or a strain in these next few games.

He has exerted a lot of energy into the team with his performances this season and it could be a perfect time to recharge his batteries.

He will be massively important in the play-off games, where more often than not they are close encounters. He possesses the ability, even by himself, of showing a bit of genius that could win a game.

Maybe throwing somebody else into the team over these next few weeks could help them find a bit of form while McGeady rests up and gets himself right for play offs.

I’m sure Lee Johnson will discuss this with him and see how he is feeling.

All I know is I want a fit and firing McGeady when the two legged ties, which are looking very likely, come around.

He is the most important player in the team and he just may be the key to The Championship.

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