George Boyd impresses two years after Nottingham Forest cancelled transfer deal

Burnley midfielder George Boyd starred against Manchester City last weekend.

Burnley's hopes of Premier League survival have been restored after a shock 1-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday evening.

Sean Dyche's Clarets now sit just one point behind Sunderland, and have given themselves a great chance of staying in the Premier League after that result against City.

The star man on the night was midfielder George Boyd, who rattled home a superb half volley to win the game as he continues his fine season for Burnley.

Here are just some of the stats from his display, which illustrate just how influential he was for Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend...

  PositionTeamGoalsKey PassesDribblesMins Played
George Boyd MF Burnley 1 2 4 90

Boyd, 29, has two caps for Scotland and is playing a starring role in the Premier League, but his career could have been so much different just two years ago.

Then playing for Peterborough, Boyd was plying his trade in the Championship and had scored seven goals for the Posh in the 2012/13 season - and his exploits attracted interest from Nottingham Forest, who he had played for on loan at the end of the 2009/10 campaign.

The deal looked set to go through on deadline day in January 2013, which would have seen Boyd return to the City Ground on loan with a view to a permanent move.

Yet, bizarrely, Forest decided to cancel the deal because they had reservations over Boyd's eyesight, and despite passing a medical, Boyd was denied a move to Forest on the grounds of an 'inconclusive eye test', as reported here by the BBC.

Boyd went onto join Hull City on loan just weeks later, and helped the Tigers earn promotion to the Premier League as well as survival in the top flight last season.

The Forest hierarchy may now regret their decision to snub Boyd on the grounds of his eyesight, but for Boyd, he's proven them wrong - and could yet help Burnley stay in the Premier League this season.

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