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Daily Mail's Matt Barlow - SWFC's Hirst Snub

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It looks like Hirst's advisors are trying every trick in the book...
 

Sheffield Wednesday starlet George Hirst to leave the club amid mystery over continued first team snub

 

As England's Young Lions continue to impress at all levels, the curious case of George Hirst and Sheffield Wednesday illustrates a problem facing the best teenage footballers in the country.
Hirst and Wednesday should be a match made in heaven: one is the son of an Owls legend who dreams of scoring goals at Hillsborough, and the other a club desperate for the tonic of a homegrown hero.
Yet the 18-year-old striker is set to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season having reached the inescapable conclusion that the club he loves does not have his best interests at heart.

 

As Hirst was scoring 40 goals across different age levels last season, the Owls were busy stockpiling more senior strikers and effectively blocking his route to the first team.
He still agreed to sign a new contract and continue his development on loan, but talks with chairman Dejphon Chansiri stalled upon a disagreement about where he might spend this season.
Wednesday rejected a bid from Leicester in August worth £2million and Leeds had a formal approach turned down. Both clubs remain keen as so do many others.

 

Hirst has not played for Wednesday at any age level this season and, when asked for an update, Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal claimed it was 'completely out of my orbit'.
'He's not a player who is involved with us,' said Carvalhal. 'I am the manager but I'm not a person to do contracts and talk about these things.'
Hirst's only football comes with England, who were eager for him to remain involved after he scored four goals for the Under 20s and was named in the team of the tournament at Toulon in June.

 

He followed with a hat-trick for the Under 19s against Poland in September and is with them this week for European qualifiers against the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Bulgaria.
There are some similarities with Dominic Solanke who barely played for Chelsea at any level last season having made it clear he would be leaving at the end of his contract.
England kept faith and Solanke helped his country win the Under 20 World Cup in the summer before joining Liverpool, where he thought the path to the first team might be clearer. Chelsea, however, had been in pursuit of the Premier League title, with Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Pedro and Willian competing for places up front.

 

At Wednesday, fourth in the Championship last season and beaten in the play-offs, Hirst's opportunities have been limited by Gary Hooper, Steven Fletcher, Fernando Forestieri, Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu.
Earlier this year, aware Hirst had been tearing it up in the youth ranks, they bought two more strikers, Sam Winnall and Jordan Rhodes. It is a bizarre approach to nurturing the most exciting youngster to emerge from their academy for a generation.
Across the city, Sheffield United are in the habit of producing Premier League players, such as Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton, Matthew Lowton, Harry Maguire and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Midfielder David Brooks is the latest starlet attracting scouts to Bramall Lane.


Owls fans cheered Hirst on for his debut as a substitute in a Carabao Cup tie at Cambridge United, but he is set to leave having played only 41 minutes of first-team football for the club he has supported all his life.


After this international break he will face the prospect of no competitive action until the Under 19s meet again at the end of February.
His development is losing momentum and Wednesday will be paid a fraction of what he could ultimately be worth to them. There is no winner.

 

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If he agreed to sign a new contract, why didn’t he sign a new contract?

 

The article makes absolutely no sense

 

Nice of them to bring up the players who have been sold on from Pigs academy though, that obviously has huge significance in this instance

 

Deary me

 

Waffle

 

 

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3 minutes ago, crookesowl said:

I don't buy this BS from Carlos that it is out of his orbit and he can't get involved in contractual stuff.

 

He's the manager FFS. Surely he has some influence. 

 

He’s paid to coach, train, develop and pick (cough) the team

 

That’s his remit

 

Also, occasionally provide training kits

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4 minutes ago, crookesowl said:

I don't buy this BS from Carlos that it is out of his orbit and he can't get involved in contractual stuff.

 

He's the manager FFS. Surely he has some influence. 

he's the head coach ......someone else deals with the contracts 

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9 minutes ago, crookesowl said:

I don't buy this BS from Carlos that it is out of his orbit and he can't get involved in contractual stuff.

 

He's the manager FFS. Surely he has some influence. 

 

A man trying to cling onto his job, the best job, probably the highest paid job, of his career. 

 

He will, as already proven, stick with his tried and trusted players. Other players brought in just provide a safety net. 

 

Chansiri is focused 100% in staying in this job. 

 

Meantime, there is a valid argument that if our form were to remain indifferent, and we seemed incapable of challenging for promotion with the teams we are putting out, there is no reason why we shouldn’t experiment beyond the current first team squad.

 

Currently still in with a chance of promotion, so the status quo will continue for now.

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It's SWFC's fault GH and his advisors are completely innocent DC, CC and Ozzie Owl should be burnt at the stake. I'm joining the hate mob, its brill you can just blame whoever you like.  

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Neither Hirst "loves" wednesday.

George wants first team money, yet he doesn't deserve it, and refused to go out on loan.

David, isn't relevant in football anymore.

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The bit about United makes me laugh.

 

No denying the fact that they’ve produced a lot of talent in recent times...but every single one has been snapped up by a Premier League club and Brooks will eventually move on too. 

 

 

 

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