When Scott Hogan arrived at Bramall Lane in the January transfer window on loan from Aston Villa, Sheffield United supporters must have been hoping that he could provide the all-important difference in their battle for promotion.
However, it has instead turned out to be a frustrating move for the forward who has failed to fire for the Blades.
After making a number of substitute appearances for his new side, Hogan was finally given the chance to lead the line from the start against Reading in February and showed glimmers of his talent by providing an assist for Gary Madine in the club’s 4-0 victory.
However, despite keeping his place in Chris Wilder’s side for the next two games, the 27-year-old failed to make any sort of impact for United and so it was not at all surprising that he was dropped once again to the bench at the end of March.
Having scored just once in 13 appearances, it is glaringly obvious that regardless of what division the Blades are in next season, they should not even consider permanently signing Hogan.
With the likes of David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp at his disposal, Wilder already has a pair of strikers who are not only better than the Villa loanee but are more suited to his style of play.
According to Transfermarkt, Hogan is rated at £4.5m which is a fee that is simply not worth paying for a player who has failed to replicate anywhere near the levels of performance that saw him sparkle at Brentford three years ago.
If United do secure automatic promotion to the Premier League over the next two weeks, they should undoubtedly be targeting players who already have top-flight experience instead of wasting their time on bringing in an individual who is struggling to perform in the second tier.
What do you think Blades fans? Should Wilder steer clear of signing Hogan on a permanent deal? Or should he bring him in if the price is right? Let us know below.
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