Samuel Eto’o ’embarrassing’ moment on Everton Bank and Aiden McGeady’s verdict on Martinez tactics.


The Republic of Ireland international completed a move from Spartak Moscow to Goodison Park in January 2014, playing 43 times in all competitions for the blues and scoring a goal in the process.

Former Everton winger Aiden McGeady has written about his time with the club, including stories about Samuel Eto’o and Roberto Martinez.

Aiden McGeady talked about his time at Everton, including his respect for the tactical side of Roberto Martinez and some funny stories about former striker Samuel Eto’o

McGeady told the Open Goal podcast “Keeping the ball on the ground”: “Eto’o just opened my eyes. He had been to Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid – what a player. He probably still had it, but probably lost his legs a bit, not as fast as he was.

And the winger revealed some stories about the Cameroonian star’s time with Everton, including that at some point he couldn’t remember the name of assistant manager Graeme Jones.

The summer after McGeady’s move to Merseyside, legendary striker Eto’o joined the club, who had just played a short spell with Chelsea in the Premier League.

“Graeme Jones, the assistant manager, called him in. So I’m sitting next to him and he goes to the jersey man: ‘Can you go in and get my boots, shin guards, socks and everything else?

“Still a lot of skills, but I think he thought he would come here [Everton] and play. He went in and out of the team, Martinez played one game against him, and in the next game he was dropped. We played against Lukaku, Mirallas or Arouna Kone.

“But we played in the Europa League, I don’t remember who, and Sammy was on the bench. He didn’t have any shorts, socks or boots on – he was wearing jogging clothes, but not one of his jerseys.

And Sammy said, “Hey, this man here, what’s his name? I said, ‘Sammy, this is the assistant manager!

“10 minutes went by and he put on his socks so slowly it was embarrassing! He put on his socks and Graeme Jones told him to hurry.

“Classic! He was quite outspoken, of course he would be, but he was hilarious.”

The striker had already signed for Anzhi Makhachkala in 2011, in a contract that allegedly made him the highest paid player in world football at the time.

And the effects of that were still present during his time at Everton a few years later.

“So one day I asked him about the Bugatti in Russia and he said, ‘Yeah, but I have two, two Bugattis. I bought one myself and got one from the owner.

“One day I spoke to him and he had been in Anzhi in Russia and had 20 million after taxes. The owner also bought him a Bugatti for his birthday,” McGeady added.

“I asked him if he had the Bugatti here, and he said yes, so I told him to bring it to practice. He said, ‘My friend Everton. I cannot bring a Bugatti to Everton”.

“But the next day he brought the Bugatti in. Legend.”

“He said he had 45 cars, and I would tell him straight up, ‘Sammy, shut up, buddy, you don’t have 45 cars. But he said he did in Milan, Paris, London….


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