When Sheffield Wednesday announced the signing of George Boyd from Burnley in 2017, their supporters had every right to be excited.
The winger had been one of the Clarets’ stand-out players during his three-year stint at Turf Moor and therefore arrived at Hillsborough with a lot of expectation to deliver promotion for the Owls.
However, a slow start to his Wednesday career set the tone for Boyd’s fortunes in West Yorkshire as he failed to make the impact required under both Carlos Carvalhal and Jos Luhukay in the 2017/18 campaign as his side slumped to a 15th place finish in the Championship.
Having fallen out of favour for the Owls, the 33-year-old played just once in the club’s opening 22 fixtures before being given another opportunity to impress following the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager in January.
Although Boyd would go on to produce a note-worthy performance against Nottingham Forest in which he was directly involved in two goals, his lack of consistency ultimately led to the Owls deciding not to offer him a new contract earlier this week (via the BBC).
Despite showing glimpses of his undeniable quality for Wednesday, his absence for next season will not be that much of a miss.
Having played just 39 league games over the last two years, the £1.35m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) was used mainly as a last resort during his time at Hillsborough with the likes of Fernando Forestieri and Marco Matias been preferred over him by both Bruce and Luhukay.
With the Owls aiming to build a squad capable of launching a sustained push for promotion next season, it is clear that letting Boyd leave is undoubtedly the right choice as he is now in the twilight of his career and is seemingly incapable of avoiding injury.
What do you think Wednesday fans? Was it the correct decision by Bruce to release Boyd? Or should he have been given another chance to shine by the former Aston Villa boss? Let us know below.
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