Danny Cowley has reassured the Portsmouth faithful that recent Leicester City loanee, George Hirst, will be a better fit for his squad than Rotherham who the striker spent last season with.
The Pompey boss has welcomed the young striker on a year loan from Premier League side Leicester, with the forward ambitious and hungry for goals and success.
Hirst did not enjoy a fruitful season with Paul Warne’s side as he failed to find the net in 32 appearances for the Yorkshire club. Of those 32 outings only four came as league starts in England’s second tier. Naturally, playing irregularly in a struggling side would not have helped the former England youth international, who will have renewed vigour this coming season.
When Cowley referred to Hirst’s time with Rotherham and his lack of goals he told The News, Portsmouth: “Sometimes that happens in football, but we like to sign players who have got a point to prove and we see a real hunger and desire to succeed in George.
“When you don’t have everything your own way, it can really motivate you. We certainly believe in his abilities.”
While Hirst certainly holds the faith of his manager it is yet to be seen how much game time the former Sheffield Wednesday trainee can earn with the likes of John Marquis, Ellis Harrison and Gassan Ahadme at the South coast club.
The young striker should suit the way Danny Cowley wants to set his team up with selfless runs, lots of energy and being a general good team player.
With a lack of goals ultimately curtailing Portsmouth’s promotion bid last season, Hirst may well find himself being given the opportunity to hit the ground running and find his goalscoring touch once more and resurrect his career.