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.
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.
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.