Another – not entirely unexpected – transfer by Aston Villa this evening. Birmingham City confirmed a short time ago that they had re-signed striker Scott Hogan from us, but this time on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.
28-year-old Hogan came into B6 from Brentford for a reported £9million rising to £12million fee back in the January window of 2017 but it’s more than fair to say the Republic of Ireland international never quite found his feet with us. 32 starting appearances, with 29 showings from the bench didn’t really return any great performances and only 10 goals.
A mix of not playing him right, allied to a loss of form and injury ultimately did for him and it’s a shame all around from where I sit, but despite shining under head coach Dean Smith at Griffin Park, he still wasn’t relied upon and during his time with us he spent mixed loan spells out with Sheffield United and Stoke City before finding his groove again at the laughably named Trillion Trophy Stadium.
Scott Hogan's Move To Villa?
What I Expected Sadly
It’s a decent move for him to our near neighbours and even though I doubt we could’ve struck a deal topping £5million (the move is undisclosed), it’s still money back in the coffers, it frees up some wages and it shrinks our goalkeeping dominated first team squad.
I have no idea if I’m alone here, but I wish the lad all the best – particularly in light of his very honest interview a few years back about his lack of form and success with us.
We all know some deals just don’t work and this one definitely didn’t. Shake hands and move on.