Phil Smith: Aiden McGeady ready to take centre stage and Sunderland must hope Callum McManaman follows same path

September 13, 2017
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If there was any comfort to be taken from Sunderland’s desperate defeat to Sheffield United, it was the immediate verve Callum McManaman brought to the field in a breezy cameo.

An old-fashioned winger rarely seen in the modern game, he was the first to put the Blades defence under pressure and on the turn.

These are still very early days in Simon Grayson’s tenure but it is already clear that in an attacking sense, he will require his wingers to put doubts over consistency behind them and deliver consistent end product.

Above all else, he will hope that McManaman is a the beginning of the same journey Aiden McGeady took last season at Preston, from Premier League cast off to Championship star, reborn with the thirst for success that can only come after a time out of the…


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