It is amazing what the right loan move can do for a footballers career. Scott Hogan joined our rivals Birmingham City in January and has gone on to be a hit at St Andrew’s.
Plenty of Birmingham fans have had their say and like to boast that one of our players has probably bailed them out from being dragged into a potential relegation scrap. I think the one thing they fail to realise is that Hogan is still an Aston Villa player and we hold all the cards.
CELTIC WANT HOGAN
Reports have surfaced this morning that Hogan is wanted in January by Celtic boss, Neil Lennon and that the Scottish giants could be ready to show their hand again in the summer.
Hogan spent the first half of the season on loan at Stoke City where he could only muster up 3 goals in 13 appearances. Stoke wanted the deal cut short which Villa only agreed to if someone else took over the package that Stoke had agreed with Villa.
Birmingham agreed to do this and he has been a big hit scoring 7 goals in 8 games. It is no real surprise that there were other reports suggesting that Birmingham would like to make the deal permanent themselves over the weekend.
Dean Smith has made no secret about his relationship and respect for Hogan. Despite this, his career has failed to take off at Aston Villa but is it the end for the former Brentford striker?
I guess that all depends on Villa’s Premier League fate. No-one really knows what will happen with the remainder of the season and the COVID-19 situation. But should Villa find their future not in the Premier League, maybe Hogan would still have a future at Villa?
Should Villa stay in the Premiership I would expect Hogan to move on. His current loan is proving a success for both Villa and the player. There is no doubt that Villa will want to recoup as much of the £12million they player for the striker should they decide to sell him.
His current form will only attract more suiters with Celtic already watching on, especially if they lose their own star striker Odsonne Edouard in the summer.