With the announcement of the Republic of Irelands final squad for the European Championships eminent, Giovanni Trapattoni will be eagerly following the form of his players towards the end of the season.
One area where the side is full of talent is in the wing department with James McClean and Damien Duff enjoying fine seasons in the English Premiership but the other player in contention is Aiden McGeady, plying his trade in the Russian League with Spartak Moscow.
McGeady suffered an ankle injury earlier in the season which side-lined him for a number of weeks and his form appeared to suffer on his return to the team. His future at Spartak was in doubt after falling out of favor with manager Valery Karpin and being fined £2000 for lack of effort at training. Rumours circulated about a possible return to Britain with Liverpool, Everton and Sunderland amongst the clubs rumoured to be interested in his signature.
However his recent performances have been very encouraging and McGeady appears to be finding form at the right time for Irish football. Spartak recently lost 2-1 to local rivals CSKA Moscow but McGeady was very prominent for his side. After falling behind, he set up Spartaks equaliser for striker, Artem Dzbuya, before CSKA won it late on. McGeady was very sharp on the ball and his trickery caused the opposition’s defense all sorts of problems.
He continued on his good level of performance days later as Spartak drew with Dinamo on a score line of 1-1. Again, he played the full 90 mins and created a number of chances for his side.
Aiden McGeady looks set to be vital to Ireland’s chances of glory this summer. He has been an almost ever present in the Irish side during Trapattoni’s tenure in charge and the European Championships offer him a fine opportunity to show-case his silky skills on the world stage.