Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan’s loan move away from the club in the January transfer window wasn’t a surprise although the destination being Sheffield United – a side we should be challenging for promotion – was.
Having come in from Brentford for a reported £9million potentially rising significantly further, we simply have never played to the 26-year-old’s strengths and he departed for his spell at Bramall Lane with 32 starts, 29 substitute showings with a return of ten goals.
Having made his debut for Chris Wilder’s side last Saturday in their 4-0 victory over Reading, he put in a good performance and did help himself to an assist and speaking to their Official Matchday Programme he aim out on loan was very simple – prove his doubters wrong.
“Everyone has a point to prove, but maybe I’ve been written off by quite a few people now. That doesn’t bother me at all, in fact it’ll fuel me to succeed here and my plan is to contribute to helping Sheffield United win promotion to the Premier League, if I do that it will silence the doubters. It will make people sit up and take note of me again because for whatever reasons sometimes it doesn’t work out for certain players at certain clubs. I’m just going to crack on, work hard and get my head down, I want to prove a hell of a lot of people wrong during my time here.
Given how we’ve fallen away with our own recent form, the concern of him helping to push them to promotion at our expense has evaporated really, so a damn good loan spell can only now help us down us the line.
He returns, having impressed Dean Smith again (who does know how to use him) and finally gets himself going with us, or we are at least more likely to breakeven financially when he moves on.