It was a long-running saga that came to something of a surprise finish this summer. Sheffield Wednesday lost their star talent George Hirst. Billed as a future England international, even the ‘next Harry Kane’ in some circles, Sheffield Wednesday knew they had a talent. For club and country in 2016-17 Hirst managed to score 40 goals at youth level.
However, a contract dispute between the club and the player’s representatives left Hirst out in the cold. He was not even playing for the under-23s for most of last season.
Losing him was always going to be a bitter pill to swallow but it soon became inevitable he was moving on. But, given his excellent statistics, international acclaim and the fact he is the son of former England international David Hirst, the Owls would have been due a sizeable compensation.
Sheffield Wednesday have now, it appears, been duped slightly on that front as well.
“Let’s see what happens. I can’t make a decision. I told him he has a big chance (here).”
Hirst shocked a lot of people by heading to Belgium this summer. He joined Oh Leuven and, according to The Mirror, it is something of a plot from Leicester City.
Both clubs are owned by the same consortium and former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is their manager. The Mirror (live blog, 21/07/18, 19:56) report Hirst, who was linked with Leicester throughout last season, could ultimately join the Foxes as soon as January.
Seeing as he moved abroad and not directly to a domestic rival, any compensation would be minimal.
The Hirst affair has been a sorry one with nobody covering themselves in glory. Now it appears to be coming to an unfortunate end for Sheffield Wednesday.