He can't get into Sheffield Wednesday's team, would George Hirst stand a better chance at Everton?

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin scores their first goal

The Sheffield Wednesday striker is reportedly wanted by Everton.

Everton U21 coach David UnsworthDavid Unsworth's Everton Under-23 side are going strong this season

Everton have been forced to shelve plans to sign Sheffield Wednesday striker George Hirst until the summer transfer window, the Liverpool Echo reported in January.

It was claimed that Toffees coach David Unsworth had identified Hirst as the latest in a long line of future Goodison Park stars, although the Owls were said to be reluctant to cash in on the teenager, who last year insisted there was nowhere he would rather be than Hillsborough.

Despite Hirst's goals arriving by the bucket load this season, Wednesday have taken a cautious approach with the England Under-18 international - restricting him to two substitute appearances so far and only one in the Championship.

It's something, perhaps, to do with his father's exceptional spell at Hillsborough, and the unfair expectations of some onlookers because of that.

At Everton, however, expectation would be less of a problem, and given the remarkable progress made by a number of Toffees youngsters this season - another Sheffield-born striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, being one of them - there is perhaps a part of Hirst that wants in, regardless of his feelings towards the Owls.

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin scores their first goalEverton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin scores his first for the club

While it may be early days for Hirst the professional, Wednesday's recent recruitment suggests they aren't planning to blood the 18-year-old any time soon.

Strikers Sam Winnall and Jordan Rhodes recently signed up until 2020 and 2021 respectively, while the contracts of Gary Hooper and Steven Fletcher don't expire until 2019 at the earliest - with the latter's having another 12 months after that.

And if you throw in the form of another Owls attacker, Lucas Joao, on loan to Blackburn Rovers, it seems the Owls' 2017-18 squad will be no less top-heavy.

Everton, meanwhile, have been reliant on only one centre-forward this season, and the position of Romelu Lukaku's understudy remains anyone's to grab.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their third goalEverton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his side's third against Hull

With Arouna Kone and Enner Valencia expected to depart at the end of the campaign, and Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman occupying roles either side of the Belgian so far, does Hirst - somewhat strangely - stand a better chance of breaking into Ronald Koeman's plans than Carlos Carvalhal's?

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