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.
I hope we’ve seen the last of Boyd. Shocking performance today. 3 times in one Derby attack he could have cleared the ball but no, straight back to Derby and they hit the post! #wawaw #swfc pic.twitter.com/AWqyKP1z4q— Rick Rodgers (@rgrodgers) March 9, 2019
Can someone tell me what George Boyd offers? #swfc— Matt (@MattS6OvOwl) March 9, 2019
Boyd is such a liability#swfc— Dan (@dannit1984) March 9, 2019
Why does Bruce have a massive love affair with Boyd #swfc— ian chambers82 (@IChambers82) March 9, 2019
Goodnight to everyone except for George Boyd— Reece (@Tewy_Swfc) 9 March 2019
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.
Thought today was a good point for #SWFC. Poor in the first-half, lacking pace in attack. Felt Bruce would’ve been better served playing Matias over Boyd, with Reach at ten.— Elliott Jackson (@E_Jackson21) 9 March 2019
Second half was much better. Thought Winnall and Nuhiu made an impact off the bench.
Why no Matias up front? Boyd, unfair to him as he isn’t a foward but he’s been shocking, so many chances and nothing! Disappointing #swfc— Katie Markham (@TheThinker90) March 9, 2019
Prefer Matias over Boyd tbf, he’s got that but if skill and trickery and can get the odd goal #swfc— Andrew (@AndrewC997) March 9, 2019
Same team for me as against but Matias for FF,better option than Boyd UTO⚪️#swfc— JOHNO (@AdamJohno76) March 9, 2019
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