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Failing to fully utilise Scott Hogan show’s Bruce’s failings at Aston Villa

Failing to fully utilise Scott Hogan show’s Bruce’s failings at Aston Villa

Following the sacking of Steve Bruce, Aston Villa made the excellent move of bringing in Brentford manager, Dean Smith which might come to the relief of one of the players already at the club.

Going into the season, Villa were tipped as one of the teams to be promoted this season. Instead, they’ve made a poor start to the season and currently sit 15th in the table after only winning three games.

Over the summer, the club brought in a whole host of attackers such as Yannick Bolasie and Tammy Abraham but failed to strengthen their defence and so far, they’ve paid the price. At the back, Bruce had used Mile Jedinak next to James Chester which as you’d expect, didn’t quite work.

Former Brentford man, Scott Hogan has spoken out this week of how Bruce mismanaged him, broke promises and blocked a loan move.

The Breakdown

An exciting striker during his time at Brentford under Smith, Hogan became one of the better players in the Championship during his time at the west London club. In his final season with Brentford, he scored 14 goals in 25 games before moving to Villa.

Since he’s joined, however, it’s been tough for the Republic of Ireland international. Playing through injury and in a system that didn’t suit him, it remains to be seen why Bruce signed the forward. Moreover, with Hogan admitting that he could’ve moved away only to be told that he’d be used this season, it shows that Bruce didn’t really know what his long-term plan at the club was.

Villa fans, what do you think? 

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