There’s been lots of talk of signings needed, and the gossip from yesterday seems to have had legs as Kris Boyd has joined the Reds on loan from Middlesbrough. He’s immediately available for Billy to use in tonight’s game against Sheffield United which is great, although the striker hasn’t had much game time for Boro of late.
Of course, signing a Boyd on loan seems to be becoming a bit of a habit at this stage of the season for Forest – with Peterborough’s George Boyd hardly making waves when he arrived last season. In return for the loan, the Reds have allowed out-of-favour ‘keeper Paul Smith to move to the Riverside Stadium in a loan move too. A good move for him, as clearly his future at Forest is sketchy at best.
All the best to him and Boro’s bid to try to get Derby closer to the relegation mire! Indeed, Derby are Middlesbrough’s opponents this very evening.
Kris Boyd was part of a raft of players to arrive at Middlesbrough from Scotland in the summer, but he’s struggled to make much of an impact at the North East club. He’s been limited to appearances from the bench since Tony Mowbray took the reigns at the Riverside Stadium – so hopefully he’ll relish the opportunity of a fresh start and a different kind of battle at the other end of the table.
Whilst he didn’t exactly have the impact he’d have liked in Middlesbrough, you don’t become Rangers’ all-time leading goal-scorer without knowing where the onion bag is, and given our difficulties in scoring goals lately it could hopefully prove to be a shrewd move by Wee Billy. Whether or not he can walk the walk remains to be seen, but from reading the official site, he’s certainly talking the talk.
“The loan transfer has come out of the blue for me. I didn’t know anything about it until Monday but once I knew that a club of Forest’s stature and history wanted me, I didn’t need asking twice.
I want to be part of a successful team and one that is heading in the right direction and Forest certainly fit the bill where that is concerned.
There are a lot of games coming up in a short time and I just want to concentrate on what’s right for Forest and do everything I can to help them get into the Premier League.
I’ve spoken to a few people about the manager at Forest and all I have heard back from them is good. He’s got a fantastic record in the Championship and has the right mindset to get the club promoted.”
Welcome to Forest, Kris. Certainly this makes tonight’s game at Sheffield United all the more interesting. Fingers crossed he really can hit the ground running and weigh in with some goals against the Yorkshire strugglers. All the best to Smithy too, I wasn’t one of those fans that seemed to delight in turning on him, but I do think it’s best for all concerned that he looks to rebuild his career elsewhere.
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