Keeping an eye on the top youth prospects across the nation has always been a priority for us here at Shoot! and today we have yet another who has caught the eye of many in the Championship and above.
George Hirst, who currently plys his trade for Sheffield Wednesday, is the son of former Owls legend and England international David Hirst.
Throughout the summer, media speculation suggested that Chelsea, West Ham, Leeds and Newcastle had set their sights on the Wednesday hot prospect who has been the centre of attention in the Owls development squad in recent times.
The 17-year-old signed his first professional contract back in March to the delight of many Owls fans. Dazzling and consistent displays have ensured he is a regular in the England youth set up also; having scored two goals on his England under-17 debut against Germany back in February.
Subsequently, the Owls youngster has been called up to both the England under-18 and under-21 squads after impressive outings. Often enough, he finds his name on the score sheet for the Owls. A recent hat trick against Leeds further proved his worth in the Wednesday youth set up as the Owls ran out 3-0 winners that day.
Hirst is an explosive and towering centre forward who has a keen eye for goal from any distance. He can also hold up the ball with ease due to his strength and power, plus he is a presence in the air. In fact, Hirst has all the key attributes to become a great striker providing his development continues progressively.
A huge milestone was presented to the forward in the League Cup in which he came on as a second half substitute replacing Lucas Joao in injury time to make his senior team debut.
Although only a few minutes of game time didn’t allow Hirst to make too much of an impact, such a landmark occasion suggests he is definitely heading in the right direction as he edges closer as to the Sheffield Wednesday first team.
Only time will tell if dreams can become reality for Owls fans as they live in hope of seeing mini me version of David Hirst (number 9) playing on the Hillsborough turf once again.
Hirst senior sits in Wednesday folk law after netting 106 times in 294 league games for the Owls. Even a small glimpse of David’s talent and ability on show at Hillsborough once again would certainly raise a joyful smile amongst fans.
The starlet, who will turn 18 in February, will be hopeful of following in his fathers footsteps. The Wednesday number 46 obviously still has a lot to learn but such hype and praise around the boy hasn’t been taken lightly around Hillsborough. As an already able and skilful player, only senior experience stands in the way as Hirst embarks to live up to his glowing reputation.
Who better role model than Wednesday legend David Hirst as your father? I am sure the next few years will prove pivotal as his development continues. Best of luck George, not that you need it…