In 2013, George Boyd’s move to Nottingham Forest collapsed because of an inconclusive eye test. However, as the 33-year-old rolled back the years to crash home a stunning strike from the left against that very team, there was no doubting his eyesight whatsoever.
It’s rather ironic that the Scot chose Forest as the opposition for a mini-career revival and it proved timely for Wednesday as he boosted their play-off hopes and dented the team’s chances he could have been playing for.
The winger was in phenomenal form as the Owls bounced back from defeat last weekend, claiming an assist as well as a goal as he silenced the critics he’d received in recent weeks.
blows my mind that George Boyd gets a game at all, nevermind 90+ minutes??♂️ #swfc
— Olly Barnes (@barnesoliver14) April 6, 2019
Lacking pace today, Boyd had a shocker. Strikers dint look fit. Did well to get a point #swfc
— Nic Senior (@littleowl21) March 30, 2019
Boyd is so awful, Reach hasn’t offered anything in weeks, injured strikers is unfortunate and none of them are match fit #swfc
— JW??????? (@JackWarbs) March 30, 2019
I know we’re used to players turning up at the end of the season and playing themselves into a contract but that’s the first time I’ve seen players play themselves out of one. Boyd and Matias looked like the Championship might be a level above them today, so poor #swfc
— Swinton Owl (@swinton_owl) April 6, 2019
Boyd’s contract is due to expire this summer but recent displays show he may be worth holding on to.
After all, he’s stepped up in place of the injured Rolando Aarons, a man ten years his junior and full of energy on the flank. The Newcastle loanee missed out against Stoke and during that game, Boyd showed no signs of being able to replace him sufficiently.
But against Villa and Forest he’s more than shown he still has what it takes. If he can find consistency in the final part of the season a new deal could well be on the cards.
George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday vs Nottingham Forest)
1 shot on target
30 total passes
2 key passes
3 aerial duels won
(Stats courtesy of WhoScored)
The former Burnley man’s display wasn’t all about his goal and assist though. Although that will encourage supporters it was his work rate for someone in the later stages of his career that was perhaps most impressive.
Boyd had the fewest touches of anyone in his team but still managed to be an influence. He showed strong prowess in the air, winning aerial duels in the defensive half of the pitch as well as in offensive areas as he proved to be a menace for the Forest defence.
Before this match, it’s likely Steve Bruce would have been doubting his options in attack. Gary Hooper had made a return from injury but out wide they seemed stretched.
However, the performance of both Boyd and Marco Matias who scored twice has given the Owls boss a selection dilemma he didn’t think he would have.
This is a season-defining week for the club who still have to play Leeds this weekend. It’ll be refreshing, therefore, for the Hillsborough faithful to know that Bruce can rely on more than just his key players during the run-in.