Tigers see Boyd as aid to their Egyptian threat

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Four days after playing his part in a relegation scrap, George Boyd looks set to make his bow at the opposite end of the Championship table today.

The 27-year-old is in the Tigers’ squad for the trip to Bolton having joined on a loan deal until the end of the season from Peterborough United.

On Tuesday night he scored one and had a hand in another two goals as Posh shocked Millwall 5-1 at the New Den to revive their survval hopes.

But now it is all about helping Hull over the finish line for the forward, who was on the verge of a move to Nottingham Forest last month only for that deal to fall through because he failed an eye test.

Hull are hoping he has the vision to help them maintain their strong form and cement their place in the top two in the race for the Premier League.

Assistant manager Steve Agnew said: “George will come into contention for Saturday and that is why you sign players – to get them right in there with the squad.

“He will certainly be in contention. He’s a terrific player and is tried and tested in the Championship.

“He’s a goalscorer, a very offensive player and he can play in a number of different positions.

“He’s a player that we’ve been tracking for a number of months.”

Hull go into today’s game at the Reebok Stadium on the back of three straight home wins, all of which were gained by goals from their trio of Egyptians, including three in three from January recruit Mohamed Gedo.

Three clean sheets in their last five games, though, have been of equal importance in their rise to within five points of leaders Cardiff.

Today’s opponents Bolton are inching away from relegation trouble with five points from their last nine games, and although they sit 16th, and still only four points above the bottom three, they have been strong at home.

Wanderers, relegated from the Premier League last season, have picked up 26 of their 39 points on home soil having won seven of their 15 games at the Reebok.

Despite the Tigers’ resolute form, Agnew remains wary of a side that can still pack a punch.

He said: “I think with any team that comes down from the Premier League, you would expect them to be competing at the top end of the Championship,” said Agnew.

“When you look at their squad, they have some real talent there, but they are where they are.

“They’ve had a change of manager and I’m sure Dougie Freedman is now implementing his own ideas and he’s added to the squad. I’m sure it will be a tough game, but it’s one that we’re all very much looking forward to.”