National media reports claim that Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham are pursuing Sheffield Wednesday teenage sensation George Hirst.
George, son of Wednesday legend David Hirst, has sparked rumours of a summer move to a Premier League club after impressing in the Wednesday’s youth teams. A recent brace on his debut for the England Under-17s against Germany also raised a few eyebrows. George’s key attributes include his work rate, hold-up play and his clinical finishing.
George, still only 17, has a lot to learn, however, it is refreshing as a Wednesdayite to hear of young talent being noticed by Premier League clubs across the UK. With Wednesday’s short-term plan to be promoted, there would be no reason for Hirst at such a young age to make move away from the club. In times gone by, first and youth team players have been sold in times of struggle. Now, with a multimillionaire owner, the Owls can tie players down to long-term contracts and reject offers from elsewhere. Tieing down Hirst is key – Chansiri and Carvalhal are no mugs and a contract proposal is expected in due course.
I’m sure you will agree, as a fan, that Hirst can further his career with the Owls when he is ready to make a first team appearance in the near future. Joe Wildsmith, 19, certainly made his mark on Wednesday’s first team this season and with talent in abundance at youth level, there is no reason why any player shouldn’t follow in Wildsmith’s footsteps. Players like Hirst can only add strength, depth and value to our ever-growing and developing squad.
Extreme examples of current world class talent in the Premier League include John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli. Who’s to say George Hirst won’t reach such a level and be worth somewhere in the region of £10-30 million over the next five years? There is no reason to sell Hirst for a little sum of his potential worth. If they let his football do the talking, Wednesday have nothing to lose. So far so good for Hirst…
Who better as a mentor than father David too? Hot prospect George is certainly on the right track. If he can become anything like his father – a proven goalscorer – the Owls potentially have a future England star.
But, only time will tell. Good luck George.