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Aston Villa loan watch: Hogan finds the net for Stoke, Green struggle for minutes with Preston & Bree settles in nicely with the Hatters

In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.

Scott Hogan – Stoke City

Things aren’t going terribly well for Scott Hogan at Stoke City this season, despite him scoring his first goal for the club a fortnight ago. The Potters are currently struggling for form and find themselves rooted to the foot of the table after 11 matches, in real danger of being sucked into yet another relegation dog fight this term.

Considering the size of the club and the fact they were mainstays in the Premier League just two seasons ago, it’s disappointing to see how poor they’ve become under Nathan Jones.

The Staffordshire outfit have won just one of their 11 games this term – a 2-1 win over Swansea before the international break – where Hogan was introduced as a second-half substitute for Tyrese Campbell and scored the all important match-winner at the Liberty Stadium.

Hogan has only started three games for the Potters so far this term, but hopefully his goal against the Swans will now see him presented with more opportunities at the bet365 Stadium.

Andre Green – Preston

Andre Green’s loan spell with Preston hasn’t proved to be a success so far. The Aston Villa loanee is still waiting for his first league start for the Lancashire outfit and hasn’t been included in Alex Neil’s matchday squad since mid-September, where he was an unused substitute against Brentford.

Green has scored once for Preston, during a 4-0 win over Bradford in the EFL Cup back in August, but that’s about as far as the 21-year-old’s success at Deepdale has gone so far.

James Bree – Luton Town

Full-back James Bree is playing the most out of all of Villa’s loanee’s this term with Luton Town in the Championship. The 22-year-old may not have scored for the Hatters thus far, but has chipped in with two assists – once in the league versus Barnsley and once in the EFL Cup against Cardiff City, per Transfermarkt.

Bree has played the full 90 minutes in Luton’s previous eight league matches, which will stand him in great stead when he does return to his parent club at the end of the campaign.

Although Luton are struggling for form at the minute and currently lie 18th in the Championship, Bree can be happy with the amount of game-time he is receiving and will undoubtedly be benefitting from playing regularly in such a demanding, physical division.

Scott Hogan will be hoping to kick-start his career with Stoke after finding the net and winning the club their first match of the campaign before the international break.

Things haven’t been going well for Andre Green, however, and with Preston currently flying high at the top of the Championship, it’s difficult to see when his break will come.

James Bree has settled in well at Luton and needs to retain his starting berth in the first-team, which looks likely considering the faith manager Graeme Jones has shown in him up until this point. Villa will also be delighted that the defender is playing consistently in Bedfordshire.

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Aston Villa loan watch: Hogan finds the net for Stoke, Green struggle for minutes with Preston & Bree settles in nicely with the Hatters
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