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Is George Hirst’s surprise OH Leuven move a precursor to Leicester City?

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Is George Hirst’s surprise OH Leuven move a precursor to Leicester City?

OH Leuven are owned by the same people who run Leicester City.

Another one of England’s great young talents has decided to go and hone his skills away from these shores this week. After months of contractual trouble at Sheffield Wednesday, top young striker George Hirst has a new club. The son of former Owls legend David, the 19-year-old has headed to Belgium. The teenager, who was the top-scorer at the 2017 Toulon Tournament, has joined OH Leuven.

But is this now a clear precursor to an eventual move to Leicester City?

The Belgian second-tier side are owned by King Power. The same group behind the success of Leicester City in recent years is also funding this little known Belgian outfit. They even appointed former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson as the new manager at the club, despite his controversial departure from the East Midlands club in 2015.

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Leicester were one of many teams mentioned with an interest in Hirst over the past few months. But first-team football at the club would definitely have been hard to come by. At Leuven, Hirst will no doubt be hoping to go straight into the first-team under the guidance of Pearson.

His next hope will be to find the goalscoring form he showcased in 2016-17 when he scored over 40 goals for club and country. That was before his contract issue saw him cast aside by Wednesday for most of last season.

If he does find himself in Belgium and becomes the striker everyone believes he can, then surely Leicester City will soon plot his return to England.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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