Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady has joined Charlton Athletic on loan until the end of the season, as revealed by their official website.
McGeady has 95 international caps for Ireland and began his career with Celtic, before a big-money move into Russian football with Spartak Moscow. Following his stint in Russia, he signed for Everton, where he made 32 Premier League appearances.
He spent loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Preston, scoring eight goals in 35 outings for the latter, before linking up with the Black Cats in 2017. He’s since made 98 appearances for the Mackems, scoring 27 times.
He was told he could leave the club by Phil Parkinson earlier this month and it’s believed he was the highest earner at the club.
“He brings goals, he brings assists, he can make something out of nothing,” said Charlton boss Lee Bowyer. “He’s got experience, he’s played in Europe and for his country. We’re bringing in a very good, experienced player.
“Coming into the back end of the season experience can be important.”
The move has been widely welcomed by Sunderland fans, although his choice of destination has left some perplexed after last season’s play-off final, as you’ll see below.
Ta ta, another problem shipped out, mebbes they will take Grigg too..
— Will (@TartanMackem) January 31, 2020
Can't believe people are moaning about the team he has gone to… he wasnt going to play for us, hasn't gone to a direct rival, some wages of the book. Honestly think some fans wait for any opportunity to have a moan
— Stephen Stubbs (@StephenStubbs5) January 31, 2020
Cheers for what?? Being a part of the two worst seasons in our history???
— David Hindmarsh (@DavidHindmarsh7) January 31, 2020
If he knuckles down Charlton will have a good one on their hands. mcgeady was excellent for us last season. It's a shame its ended up like this. Good luck to Charlton for the rest of the season, I hope were playing each other next season in the championship. STID FTM
— Brian Bone (@BrianBo00053094) January 31, 2020
I was all for getting rid of him but not to these man
— Joe (@joesmith01_) January 31, 2020
Should have sold him but at least he's away from the club and off the wages bill for a while. Hope he does a job for them but good to see the back of him.
— Joe 🔴⚪ (@robertsjoe166) January 31, 2020
So will leave in the summer for free!? No wonder we lose money, let them all go for free🤦♂️maybe it's just me but I think it would be better for the club to actually sell players instead of letting them go for free.
— Йохен Клаус Jochen Claus (@JochenClaus1) January 31, 2020