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Sunderland: Summer headache for Phil Parkinson as Aiden McGeady returns

Sunderland: Summer headache for Phil Parkinson as Aiden McGeady returns - Sunderland News

Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson is facing a ‘summer headache‘ with the return of Aiden McGeady from his loan at Charlton Athletic.

Parkinson will look to address a number of key first team issues this summer as he looks to bounce back after a rather disappointing season.

The Wearsiders missed out on promotion to the Championship for a second consecutive season and pressure will now firmly be on the club’s hierarchy to improve things this summer.

A whole host of first team players have departed the club in recent weeks, which included first choice goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin leaving for a move to Scottish Premiership side Rangers, and the future of £653,000-valued attacker McGeady is now being discussed.

The 34-year-old attacker arrived at the Stadium of Light back in 2017 after a spell with Premier League side Everton prior to periods at Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End.

Since his arrival at Sunderland, McGeady has featured in no fewer than 98 games, scoring 27 goals and supplying 13 assists in the process. He spent the last six months on loan at Charlton, where he made 10 appearances, and the Sunderland Echo have now looked at his impending return to Sunderland.

Echo writer Phil Smith has looked deeper into McGeady’s return and said: “His likely return this summer will pose something of a headache for the club.

“For one, the raft of summer departures from the squad means that we can say with some certainty that he will be one of, if not the top earners at the club.”

What Parkinson will do with McGeady is up in the air at the moment but history suggests that the well-travelled Irish international could leave the club this summer.

Parkinson will want to bolster his funds to bring in new players this summer and saving on McGeady’s wages, along with an inbound transfer fee, could do just that.

What do you think Sunderland should do with Aiden McGeady this summer? Let us know in the comments section below…

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