27-year-old striker Scott Hogan was one of Aston Villa’s big money signings as we looked to bounce back from Premier League disappointment, but the former Brentford man’s spell at the club hasn’t gone how anyone had wanted and he’s spent the second half of this year out with Sheffield United.
Following his arrival back in the January 2017 transfer window, the Republic of Ireland international has only made 32 starting appearances with a further 29 showings from the substitutes bench, contributing ten goals across those games, and injury certainly hasn’t helped his cause.
Plenty hoped for more from him when former gaffer Dean Smith arrived given his previous form under him, but after a few substitute showings he packed his bags and headed to Bramall Lane, playing a small part in helping them to automatic promotion to the top flight this year.
A recent report from the Daily Mail has built on earlier speculation that manager Chris Wilder would now like to make his loan permanent over the summer.
The Mail piece is speculative at best, but plenty of fans have wondered whether or not they arranged a buy clause in the deal originally, and I’d imagine at best, we’ll simply be hoping to break even on the fee we paid, so with Premier League riches now going their way – it could be a simple deal that works out for all involved.