Newcastle have today been linked with a summer move for George Hirst.
The 17 year old is the son of Sheffield Wednesday legend David Hirst and is attempting to follow in his father’s footsteps at Hillsborough.
Also a striker like his dad, George Hirst made his first notice of intent last April when as a 16 year old in his first appearance for the Under 21s, he scored against local rivals Sheffield United.
Currently turning out for the Under 21s, Hirst is highly rated and according to The Mail, is being watched by a number of Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham, in advance of a potential summer move.
George Hirst has scored a lot of goals at junior level and scored twice last week against Germany in his first game for the England Under 17s.
After scoring that goal against Sheffield United Under 21s last year, Coach Lee Bullen explained how they were looking after the exciting young prospect, who has the shadow of his father following him everywhere at Sheffield Wednesday :
“It was great to get young George Hirst on and I thought he put himself about and had that willingness to work.
“We’ve got to do the right things, we’ve got to manage him right. I’m sure it was the same for Jack Waddle when he was coming on the scene as a youngster with a father like Chris.
“It’s very important to remember that George is not his dad, they are a totally different type of player, different in stature but they are both strikers so they will inevitably be compared.
“That would be wrong, George has to forge his own direction now and listen to the coaches he is working with and take his opportunities.”
If Newcastle did make a move for George Hirst, there is always the chance they could loan him back to The Owls to continue his progression, though of course at the moment there is no guarantee that Newcastle will still be in the Premier League, or indeed that Sheffield Wednesday (currently sixth and in the play-off spots) will still be in the Championship.