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George Hirst should reject Manchester United and join Everton this summer

Everton are just one club said to be keen on Sheffield Wednesday forward George Hirst.

Mathew Nash

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Everton’s under-23 season has come to an end and, after a disappointing campaign, changes are likely to take place this summer. Plenty of players are set to leave. David Henen has already made it clear he is on his way out of the club. Meanwhile, Luke Garbutt has been told to move on by senior boss Sam Allardyce.

But new faces are also expected to arrive at Finch Farm. As reported by the Liverpool Echo the under-23s boss David Unsworth is keen to bring in some new faces, with the paper even naming one of the players Everton will be trying to sign. The player in question is Sheffield Wednesday youngster George Hirst.

The 19-year-old is out of contract at Hillsborough this summer. He has hardly featured for the club’s under-23s this term after contract negotiations between himself and the club completely fell apart.

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Now he is set to find a new home and Everton appear to be one option. But Manchester United are also said to be keen, 26 years after Sir Alex Ferguson failed to bring his dad David Hirst to Old Trafford from The Owls.

Everton, however, must beat United to his signature. Hirst is simply one of the best young strikers in English football. Unfortunately, the behind-the-scenes issues at Wednesday this season have left Hirst’s development in question. But, prior to that, he was on fire for both the Wednesday under-23s and England youth teams.

A tall and powerful striker there is certainly a lot to admire about Hirst’s game. Comparisons with England’s current striking sensation Harry Kane are certainly justified.

The fact is Hirst has all the potential to be a future Premier League and England star and must make the right move this summer for that to become a reality. Whilst United may be the more tempting of the moves, Everton would suit him better.

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The pathway to the first-team is certainly easier at Everton. This has been proven by the likes of Tom Davies, Jonjoe Kenny, Beni Baningime and fellow Sheffield lad Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Last summer he helped England win the Toulon Tournament, finishing as joint top-scorer on four goals. This summer he faces a whole new different challenge as his career takes its vital next step.

The best move would be an Everton switch where, hopefully, he could go on to become a star at Goodison Park.

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Leeds United should use Tottenham link to bring in Josh Onomah

The Tottenham youngster struggled at Aston Villa but could thrive at Leeds United.

Mathew Nash

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It is looking like an exciting time to be a Leeds United fan. The West Yorkshire club have recently appointed one of world football’s most respected managers in Marcelo Bielsa and now it is time for, hopefully, some exciting player recruitment.

One avenue which will have Leeds fans on tenterhooks is the club’s apparent new links with Tottenham Hotspur. As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Bielsa and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino are close which could see some Spurs players heading to Elland Road on loan. Indeed, Argentine defender Juan Foyth is already a rumoured target.

But could a man who failed to convince at a Championship rival be a shrewd recruit for Leeds?

Josh Onomah spent last season on loan at Aston Villa. He came into the season on a wave of expectation, after being one of the star performers in England’s under-20 World Cup triumph.

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But his time at Villa Park was mixed. Some good performances were intertwined with others that left the Villa faithful unconvinced.

That should not put Leeds off, and Onomah could be exactly what they need in central midfield. The rangey box-to-box maestro is technically gifted and physically imposing – when he has his head in the game.

Leeds need to improve the centre of the park, with Eunan O’Kane, Kalvin Phillips, Adam Forshaw and Ronaldo Vieira all having below par campaigns in 2017-18.

If Onomah is available for loan again this summer, then Leeds should use their new-found friendship to bring him in.

Then the 21-year-old can show Aston Villa just exactly what he is capable of.

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Aston Villa fans react as Mile Jedinak shows the character needed next season

Aston Villa’s midfielder slotted home a pressure penalty v Denmark.

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Australia picked up a well-earned draw against Denmark in the World Cup earlier today, even if it did come with some controversy. Christian Eriksen smashed the Danes into the lead but, after a VAR review, Yussuf Poulsen was judged to have handled the ball from a corner. It gave Australia a penalty and Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak stepped up to the plate.

He scored against France in their opening fixture and, despite the best efforts of Leicester City stopper Kasper Schmeichel to get in his head, he coolly slotted home.

It was a pressure penalty, but Aston Villa’s midfielder showed no signs of missing. He played well throughout the game, acting as the calming influence in the heart of Australia’s midfield.

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The Australian has had to work hard to win over the fans at Villa Park since his arrival. Many felt they were getting a player in decline and he put in some laborious performances during the early stages of his Villa career.

However, next season he could prove vital. With Villa struggling financially some big players will be on their way out and characters will be needed to take Aston Villa up the Championship table.

Just as Iceland’s Birkir Bjarnason showed against Argentina in Russia, Aston Villa have a player in Jedinak who is clearly up for the fight.

Fans of Aston Villa were very happy to see the bearded midfielder score his second goal of the tournament. Many joked about his valuation, golden boot chances and whether he is in fact the GOAT, not Cristiano Ronaldo.

But in terms of his character, this performance highlighted exactly why Jedinak can be key for Aston Villa next season…

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Leeds move for Abel Hernandez would lay down marker, could coax further signings

Leeds United are reportedly looking to land the clinical forward.

Jamie Watts

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Leeds United are reportedly encoring previous interest with an audacious move for Hull City striker Abel Hernandez, according to reports from the Mirror (20/06/18) and are hoping a deal can be thrashed out over the coming days.

Marcelo Bielsa is likely to sign off on negotiations dating weeks back, with the Championship outfit confident of securing the player’s signature, despite interest from the likes of the recently promoted Cardiff and Serie A outfit Cagliari.

And the deal would lay down a serious marker at Elland Road, and could act as a catalyst for further business this summer. The club have revived hope among fans with the shrewd appointment of Bielsa, and bringing in a proven goal-scorer – with eight goals and two assists in 10 appearances last season – would really show intent to go above and beyond next term.

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The 27-year-old’s presence at the club would turn the heads of players and agents alike, to see that the prospect of joining Leeds is an attractive one. It suggests a project is underway, and top quality players often need to see ambition to get on-board with moves to so called ‘lesser competitions’.

Not only that but football has become a business nowadays, and the reported wages offered to the Uruguayan international will also garner attention from players.

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