Both players are out of contract at Sheffield Wednesday this summer.

A player he’d managed and spoke fondly of beforehand, George Boyd was always a likely beneficiary of Steve Bruce’s arrival as Sheffield Wednesday manager.

As expected, Boyd has not found opportunities hard to come by. Seven appearances, four starts.

But after the latest of those passed without anything positive to write home about (according to WhoScored, the midfielder took 20 touches in 62 minutes against Derby, completing only 40 per cent of his attempted passes) many Owls fans have seen enough.

 

 

 

 

Steve Bruce is a football man, he isn’t daft, there cant be many games left for George Boyd surely to christ!! #swfc

— mark haslam (@_hazzy) March 9, 2019

Boyd almost certainly has Fernando Forestieri to thank for his recent run in the Wednesday side, and the Argentine’s latest injury could see that extended for this week’s games against Bolton and Blackburn.

But with Bruce having promised chances to every single one of his Owls players between now and the summer, the 33-year-old should not be surprised if he’s replaced by, say, Marco Matias, on Tuesday and/or Saturday.

And some are already championing the latter’s return.

 

 

 

Like Boyd, Matias is one of nine first-team players out of contract at Hillsborough this summer. But he has only played once under Bruce so far (a 26-minute cameo against Swansea).

And if the Sheffield Wednesday manager is true to his word, the £2.8 million* man’s chances should increase in the next few weeks.

Should Matias return for Sheffield Wednesday against Bolton and/or Blackburn?

*Figures courtesy of Transfermarkt

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