It’s by no means an impossible task, is it? Sheffield Wednesday are just two points off Aston Villa’s playoff spot, but despite Derby County and Bristol City having played one and two games less respectively, there is no reason as to why the Owls cannot fly up the table in the latter stage of the season.
If Wednesday does make it to the playoffs then it is anyone’s game and solely dependant on how the side performs that day. Say if Steve Bruce was to pull off the near-impossible with this side, then there would be a handful of players not up to scratch for the top division of English football.
One of them would be George Boyd.
The former Scotland international did not really get a look in under Jos Luhukay this season, featuring in just one Championship game and two EFL Cup ties before the announcement of Steve Bruce as the new man in charge at Hillsborough.
Since Bruce’s arrival, he has featured heavily, playing in 16 games and starting 11 of them. However, now aged 33, he just does not seem cut out for life beyond the Championship. Boyd stepped down from the Premier League in his arrival to Sheffield from Burnley and if Wednesday were to pull off promotion, he should not join them in that campaign.
He may be an ever-reliable player to have on the books, but his effectiveness is just not as potent as it once was. He has never been blessed with bags of pace but he does not possess that sharp turn to beat a man which is needed in this side out wide, given that the two strikers are put to best use in and around the box and are not particularly ones to sprint in behind for Boyd to use his passing range to find them. Boyd is also yet to register a goal or an assist as of yet this campaign so he must step up his game to prove himself to Bruce.
With his contract up in the summer, it is yet to be seen whether he gets an extension but whatever happens, it just seems that he is not cut out for the top-flight anymore.
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