Leeds United striker Lewis Walters outshines Sheffield Wednesday talent George Hirst

Leeds United Crest

George Hirst had been linked with a move to Leeds United, but failed to help Sheffield Wednesday beat the Whites on Monday night in an under-21 clash.

Sheffield Wednesday striker George Hirst has been impressing for the club's under-21 side this season, attracting interest from Premier League clubs.

The Mail reported that as well as Chelsea and West Ham, Championship rivals Leeds United also hold an interest in the striker.

Hirst came up against Leeds in an under-21 game last night for the Owls, but was unable to make an impact as Leeds recorded a 2-0 win.

He was outshone by promising Leeds talent Lewis Walters, who scored for the second game in a row and could easily have netted another.

Another promising Leeds talent, Frank Mulhern scored the second goal to double Leeds' advantage and record the win.

Hirst, 17, will have better games, and speculation over his future will no doubt continue. If Leeds wanted to show him that he would be joining a club with a track record of helping young players maximise their talent then last night was a good start.

Walters meanwhile is beginning to demand a first team role at Leeds before the end of the season, with his contract running down.

Leeds would do well to give him a chance while he is in a good spell of form, with little to play for themselves in the Championship. 

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch