Scott Hogan, who is on loan to Stoke City from Aston Villa, has revealed he wants to make his move permanent, as reported by The Stoke Sentinel.
The Republic of Ireland international faded into the background at Villa Park last season and was eventually loaned out to Sheffield United at the campaign’s halfway point.
He was then loaned out to Stoke for the entirety of the 2019/20 season, with his contract set to end once that is over, as per Transfermarkt, leaving the 27-year-old free to join another club next summer unless his contract with Villa is renewed.
Having joined Villa from Brentford in January 2017, Hogan made 28 starts and 23 substitute appearances, scoring seven goals and assisting four times in his first season-and-a-half, as per WhoScored.
However, in his half-season at Villa Park in 2018/19, he didn’t start a single game, making six substitute appearances which totalled a mere 68 minutes and he didn’t get any goal contributions.
At Sheffield United he made five starts and three substitute appearances, scoring twice and assisting once – which did give the indication that he could still be a useful player in the Championship.
Now at Stoke, he has started two of their opening games and scored his first two goals for the club to help earn a draw against Derby County.
It will be best for Hogan if he is able to get a fresh start away from Villa Park to settle at a club and show what he can do.
Things just haven’t worked out for him at Aston Villa, which doesn’t make him a bad player, but it does suggest he is better off elsewhere.
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