When Kris Boyd was signed some people were thrilled, a few people were horrified and lots of people found the move dubious. Relative to others on this board my knowledge of European football, especially outside of EPL and the global names, is very limited. After reading the responses at the time of his signing, here's what I was especially looking out for from the most pessimistic at that time: work rate on the pitch--at worst he was just going to hang out no farther back than the center-line and wait for the ball to come forward. Attitude--at worst he was going to be aloof, selfish and causing problems.
In short I didn't see either of those problems. I (again, I will yield the expertise of my analysis to most here--but there certainly wasn't anything glaring) didn't see issues with his work or get-back rate. He always said the right thing, and (very anecdotal here) on fan day when he wasn't even supposed to show up and was even excused in the program because of his wedding, I saw him walking around JW greeting STHs graciously.
In-game he usually looked like one of the most skilled players on the pitch. In the right situation, and situation was why this was why the signing itself was such a failure, I think he could have punished this league. Maybe a fringe GB contender, but definitely a force.
I was surprised when he was benched for Dike for that great long stretch, and didn't realize until someone posted a recent Boyd update here, how much his poorly-maintained fitness may have had to do with that. But even given that, I'm surprised with how much negativity he seems to be remembered around here. He was a gifted player who was failed far more by the club than the reciprocal,it seems to me.
Of course there could be issues on the pitch I didn't recognize, and things off the pitch I didn't hear about. Anyway, if the (overdone?) apologetics haven't signified this already,I'm very open to argument here.
This is somewhat persuant to some discussion from Dan Brunell and others regarding strikers very recently, but something I've been thinking about for a while.