The former Celtic and Spartak Moscow man turned 35 on Sunday but still continues to be one of the shining lights in Johnson’s team as they chase a return to the Championship after a good few seasons away from the second tier.
A former Irish international, McGeady was at the heart of the action once more for his side yesterday as he rescued a point for the North East outfit away at fellow promotion chasers Peterborough United with a brilliantly taken free kick to seal a 1-1 draw.
Speaking after the game, Johnson was quick to emphasise that he believes his player still has a lot left in the tank despite his ageing legs:
“I think he’s got a couple of years playing left in him, definitely.
“He’s fit as a fiddle in terms of his sharpness.
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“He’s as quick as anyone over ten yards.
“You have to look after your body, eat right, drink right, sleep well, but I don’t see any reason why he can’t continue to play.”
The Derry born attacker now has six goals and 12 assists to his name this term across all competitions and will be looking to increase his tally on Saturday when the Black Cats play host to Charlton Athletic at the Stadium of Light.
I think Sunderland would be wise to keep hold of McGeady as he offers experience not only the pitch but also off it for young players to learn off.
He wouldn’t be a starter in the Championship if the club did go up but he would certainly be an important squad player going forwards into the future due to his undoubted ability.
Wages may well be a sticking point as it has been said before that he is one of their highest earners, but with the new owners in place, that may not be an issue.
I do agree with Johnson that the Irishman can play on for a few more years, but I’m not totally convinced that he could still cut it in the league above.