This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Sunderland are set for an interesting few weeks ahead, with a number of players’ contracts set to expire after their 2020/21 season reached a conclusion.
The Black Cats were beaten by Lincoln City on aggregate in their play-off semi-final, which condemned them to yet another season in League One.
One player that caught the eye with another impressive performance against the Imps was Aiden McGeady, with the experienced Irishman assisting both of Sunderland’s goals in the 2-1 win in the second-leg, although that wasn’t enough to see them into the play-off final.
McGeady’s contract with the Black Cats is set to expire this summer, and it remains to be seen as to whether any agreement is close between both parties.
We ask our Football League World writers whether they think McGeady should be offered a new contract by Sunderland ahead of the new league campaign.
I just can’t see this one happening.
Aiden McGeady has been unbelievable for Sunderland since coming back into the first team fold this term – in fact, he almost single-handedly took the Wearsiders into the play-offs.
While he is 35, there’s no doubt that a player of his talent is capable of playing at Championship level.
McGeady is the highest-earner at Sunderland by a country mile right now and I just don’t see them being able to tempt him into staying at the club.
With just a couple of years left in his career the winger owes it to himself to challenge himself at the highest level possible and with Sunderland in League One again next term, I don’t think that’ll be at the Stadium Of Light.
I think it’s really 50/50.
He’s a good player and one that should be at a higher level than League One, in all fairness.
Of course, he has to prove that if and when he gets a move as there has been times where he’s not delivered but I do think there’s every chance someone would be willing to take a punt on him.
I guess he’ll want to hear what Sunderland’s plans are for next season but he’s in a period of his career where he’ll want to play as high as he can for as long as he can and this might be the last chance for him to get one more big move.
Which clubs do these former Sunderland players play for nowadays?
I have a feeling that McGeady is going to remain at Sunderland for one more season, despite waiving the automatic extension in his contract.
I’m not buying that Peterborough are interested in him – he’s now 35 years old and the Posh model doesn’t really allow them to sign players of McGeady’s age despite being wildly talented for someone in their advancing years.
If you believe SalarySport, McGeady’s current wage is £19,000 a week, and whether he remains or leaves the Black Cats he will not be getting that anywhere else from next season due to his age.
Sunderland fans are huge supporters of McGeady and they still hold a grudge against Phil Parkinson for exiling him from the squad when they could have done with his creativity – Lee Johnson noticed that and brought the wing wizard back into the fold and he showed everyone what Sunderland had been missing.
I can see Sunderland putting a new extension on the table which would keep McGeady on Wearside for one more season on a reduced wage, and after falling at the semi-final stage this season there will be a real desire to gain automatic promotion in 2022 and I can see him being a catalyst to that.