Date of birth: 15/02/1999 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Sheffield (England)
Youth career: Sheffield Wednesday
Current club: Sheffield Wednesday
Squad number: 99
Current national team: England U-18
Position: centre forward
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship (4/1)
Contract until: 30.06.2018
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: Everton, Chelsea
Similar type of player: Edin Džeko
– off the ball movement
– hold-up play
No significant weaknesses.
Style of play:
– goal poacher
– complete striker who is able to create and score his own goals, or to act as a target man and also an off-the-shoulder striker
– player with good body mass ratio, physical strength, power, stamina and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations
– determined forward with killer-instinct, very good technique on the ball, decent dribbling skills and cleverness at his off-the-ball movements
– very composed finisher capable on both feet
– tall and fast for his height
– possesses great sense of positioning while receiving through balls
– likes to try to beat offside trap
– often uses his strength and aerial presence to bring teammates into play
– indirect set-piece threat
– aerial threat in the opposition box
– generates many flick-ons and passes into the channels for his teammates to utilize
– capable of holding up the ball for teammates to provide them with assists when playing with his back to goal
– able to sniff out a goal in any situation
– often moves deep into midfield and drawing defenders with him, in order to create and exploit spaces for his teammates
– good decision maker in the final third
– dependable option while defending set pieces
He is best suited to playing as:
Centre forward in 4-2-3-1.
League summary (as for 4 February 2017):
Championship 2016/2017 (ongoing): 1 match/0 goals (Sheffield Wednesday)
George Hirst is the son of former footballer and Sheffield Wednesday legend David Hirst. George signed his first professional contract for the Owls in March 2016. In August 2016 he made his professional debut for the club, playing as a substitute as Wednesday lost to Cambridge United in the first round of the Football League Cup. His performances and great goalscoring record at youth level have attracted interest from many top-flight clubs, including Chelsea and Everton. In 2016, he played at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Azerbaijan, where young Englishmen were knocked out at the quarter final stage after a 1-0 defeat against eventual finalists Spain. On 23 August 2016, he was called up to the England U18’s for the first time.
‘Following in the footsteps of a famous footballing father has proved to be a difficult task for many down the years. George Hirst is one who many experts believe can buck the trend.
Hirst is the son of former Sheffield Wednesday legend David Hirst and one of the most talked about teenagers at academy level. He is now trying to make the grade at the same club where his father became a fans’ favourite.
Hirst Jnr made big strides in 2016 – signing his first pro contract in March, making his senior Owls debut in the EFL Cup in August and then graduating to England’s under-18s. His progress should continue in 2017.
The younger Hirst is a different proposition to his dad; 6ft 3in, fast and with a bit of an edge to his game.
He is also a little more prolific – he has four goals in just five games for England’s under-18s for example – and that is no mean feat as his dad scored a more than respectable 128 times in 359 appearances for the Owls.’
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
First team material in a top European club.