George Boyd – Keep him or let him go?

News emerged today that George Boyd has turned down a one year contract extension at Turf Moor, and with the wingers contract up at the end of the season, does this spell the end of George Boyd?

Maybe, but if he is to move onto pastures new, Burnley fans could not hold anything against him for all he has given for the club.

One thing you cannot criticise Boyd for is his work rate. Every game, for 90 minutes, he will give his all, running here, there and everywhere – as his song implies!

You get the sense that he genuinely cares about the club, the fans and how results go on the pitch, which is clear for all to see when you watch him play.

His position is right midfield, not that that really matters to him, because you will see him pop up all over the pitch during the game, whether that is to join the attacks, or running himself into the ground to win the ball back.

Personally, I believe he is a good squad player and it may be worth keeping hold of him for another season, but as for being a first team regular, I think those days are drawing to a close.

With club record signing Robbie Brady showing signs of settling in, and Johann Berg Gudmundsson closing in on a long awaited return from injury, Boyd’s game time looks set to be reduced.

Both Brady and Gudmundsson offer the willingness to do the defensive work, but something they offer that Boyd doesn’t have, is the creativity and guile going forward that can unlock a defence.

One of the biggest problems in this Burnley team in recent weeks has been a lack of creativity and in our last two home games, we only created one clear cut chance, which Boyd himself took.

This will be a worry for Dyche, and I have no doubts that when Gudmundsson makes his first team return, he will be in the team on the opposite flank to Brady.

In the summer, you would expect that Dyche will look to recruit at least one winger, with question marks hanging over the head of Scott Arfield, and now Boyd.

You could make a case for letting Boyd go and bringing in two new wingers, but finding a wide man who suits the mould of Dyche is difficult and Boyd is one who fits the bill.

There are some suggestions he may be holding out for a two year deal, which leaves the Clarets in the same boat as when they lost Barton last summer.

Whether he wants to stay and be a squad player is up to him, but another contract should be offered to Boyd in my view.


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