Yorkshire news Expert view on George Hirst ahead of his Sheffield Wednesday reunion MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The 21-year-old striker joined the Millers on loan from Leicester City in mid-September and is pushing to line up against his former club at the AESSEAL New York Stadium this week
Breaking News ! There could be a familiar face spearheading Rotherham United's attack when they welcome Sheffield Wednesday to the AESSEAL New York Stadium this week. Striker George Hirst, the son of Owls great David, has played four times for the Millers since arriving on loan from Premier League Leicester City in mid-September. The 21-year-old progressed through the ranks at Hillsborough, making two senior appearances, before leaving in acrimonious circumstances in the summer of 2018. Never before in Hirst's fledgling career has he lined up in competitive match against his boyhood club. Yorkshire Live caught up with Paul Davis, the Rotherham United writer for the Rotherham Advertiser, to get the lowdown on Hirst ahead of Wednesday's South Yorkshire derby. Sign up to our dedicated Sheffield Wednesday newsletter Why you should sign up? We will bring you all the best previews and build-up to Sheffield Wednesday's latest matches, with our next Owls newsletter featuring all the latest news from the club. How do you sign up? It's easy and takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article or any article on the Sheffield Wednesday section of Yorkshire Live. And that's it, you're all set. You can unsubscribe at any time and your data will not be shared with any other party. You can also follow us on Twitter and visit our dedicated Facebook page. For more details, click here. How did Rotherham fans react after the club signed Hirst? Rotherham fans were delighted when they got someone of Hirst's pedigree in. I know pedigree is a strange word to use because he has not got much senior experience but every Miller fan knows what he did at Wednesday's youth ranks when he scored goals for fun and anyone that is part of Leicester's set up has got to have something about them. Rotherham boss Paul Warne tried two or three times in previous windows to get him so he and Rotherham's fans were very pleased it came off this time. What have you made of his performances so far? It is a strange one because without doing a huge amount he looks very promising. He came off the bench for his debut at home to Millwall and almost scored within 10 to 15 minutes. He had a great shot which was blocked. That would have really got him up and running. He started the next two games and you can tell that he is a clever player. He is very intelligent and takes up good positions. He makes good runs and can see a pass but the ball has not really dropped for him in the area. Read More Related Articles Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday: Team news, odds and how you can watch it Read More Related Articles Why Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday referee appointment is bad news for Garry Monk's side I think he needs to be physically stronger. I don't think he holds on to the ball as well as some of the others strikers do but you can see the cleverness and cuteness in him.
. It has still not quite happened for him but I think there is a lot of faith in the fact it will happen for him at some stage and that there is some quality to work with there. How have Rotherham used him in the four matches that he has played? Has he played up front on his own or in a two? He has come on and performed in a two in his sub appearances and that is when he has looked at his best. His two two starts have come as a lone front man and I'm not certain that's going to get the best out of him. It's early days obviously but I'm not certain the target role suits him the way it does with someone like Michael Smith. I am very much looking forward to him getting an extended period of time on the pitch at the side of a bigger striker or at least another striker. I think that is when you might see the best of him when he is playing off someone.
Hirst moved to Leicester last year. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)
Has he spoken much about his time at Wednesday and where it all went wrong? Very, very little. Only the well publicised Zoom interview after his unveiling when there were a couple of Sheffield based journalists who asked him about his time at the club. I stuck to Rotherham questions because I'm the Rotherham reporter. But he was determined not to speak about it. I think a lot of people have heard or seen that interview. It is out there in the public domain. There was absolutely no comment from him. Do you think he will be desperate to play and prove a point? I think if there is any game where he could start and score it would be Sheffield Wednesday. I spoke to Richard Wood for his Advertiser column today and he spoke about how much he was looking forward to playing Wednesday as a former Wednesday player himself. He said it has that little bit of an edge and you wouldn't be a professional player if you didn't want to go up against your old club and do really well and I think exactly the same thing applies to Hirst.
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I think he would take any kind of goal to get off the mark and it would be particularly sweet if it was against Wednesday. Will he start on Wednesday night? I honestly don't know. It would be great if he started and there was a full house and a proper derby atmosphere. That would have been absolutely electric. I would have loved to have seen that just from a football occasion point of view. With him being on the bench on Saturday and coming on and not scoring, I would imagine he will be on the bench again but that is purely guess work.
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