Why have Premier League sides given Kris Boyd a wide berth?

The Scottish Premier League’s all time top goal-scorer Kris Boyd has made a move to Middlesbrough this summer on a free transfer, which begs the question, why didn’t any of the Premier League side’s not snap up the Scotsman instead?

The former Kilmarnock and Rangers striker has spent his entire playing career in his home country of Scotland, where he built up and enhanced his reputation as one of, if not the best striker ever to grace the Scottish Premier League.

Boyd signed his first senior contract in 1999 after several years of development within the Kilmarnock youth system. In his 7 year spell at senior level for Kilmarnock, the Scottish hitman managed to appear in the domestic league alone 153 times and bagged 63 goals. His fine form was warranted with a move to one of the biggest clubs in the country, Glasgow Rangers. In his 4 years at the Gers, Boyd made 192 appearances and netted an outstanding 128 goals in the league alone, which now makes him the record highest ever goal-scorer Scotland has produced to date.

Taking all this into consideration, it’s quite baffling to see that no Premier League side opted to sign the clinical striker on a free. The striker has an unbelievable record to his name and looks to be a fine footballer as well. As well as a goal machine, Boyd is an industrious individual; with good technical ability and good movement on and off the ball…his shot isn’t bad either. The New Middlesbrough man is capped at international level for Scotland and has a decent record for his country as well. So why did Premier League managers avoid him this summer and not give him a chance in the top-flight?

Well a majority of fans will not be over-hyped about his record even if it is outstanding to say the very least. They (the fans) will argue that anybody can make a name for themselves in the SPL because it’s not a competitive one. The League is contested by two teams, Celtic and Rangers, and has been for sometime now. Nonetheless, surely the fans and the managers of the Premier League cannot deny the forward’s ability?

Henrik Larsson made his name in the SPL by undoubtedly being Celtic’s best ever player in their history. Larsson’s performances earned him a move to Barcelona as well as Manchester United and because of this became arguably one of the best in the world at the time. Not to say that Boyd could reach the same level as Larsson, but he could have definitely been a big hit for a mid-table side in the English game without a doubt.

On May 28th this year, Rangers did admit that the 26-year-old was not going to sign a new contract with the club, and as such was available on the market for a free this summer. Championship side Middlesbrough decided to obtain his services earlier this month and sign the striker on a two-year-deal.

Kris Boyd is still young at 26, and may have moved to the Championship in order to test the waters in the English game, before jumping straight into the shark infested waters of the Premier League. It’s a smart move for him as he will hope to enhance his reputation even further before making a future move to the top-flight of English football.

However, it still doesn’t explain why a Premier League side didn’t make a move for him, especially a move that would cost nothing. Many sides (from watching last season) require a top striker, so this adds even more confusion as to why they never offered Kris Boyd a contract. A possible move wouldn’t have even been warranted as a gamble purchase, and certainly the all time SPL goal-scorer deserved his chance in the best league in the world this season with the goal-scoring ability the striker seizes. There is no doubt that we will see Boyd amongst the big boys in the near future, especially if he can carry on, and augment his status even further this forthcoming season at the Riverside.

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