Scott Hogan has thanked the fans in an interview with the Birmingham Mail.
He says how good the fans have been judging by the fact Aston Villa “spent a lot of money on a striker who hasn`t scored goals.”
And adds he thinks the fans understand he does put the work in and is now looking to repay the Villa faithful. “Hopefully I can repay them more than anything because they are brilliant. There are not many like them in this league – probably not many in the league above.“
Hogan talks of getting the confidence flowing and then the fans and club will see the real deal and understand why so much was spent on him.
He also tells the Mail that he`s taken on some tough love having asked former team-mates and managers for advice due to his problems since his move to us.
“Maybe a few home truths have been told to me. You have to learn. I`m 25, a grown man. You have to look at yourself in the mirror sometimes, get your head straight, clear your mind and do what you can do, what you have always done. Hopefully that will now result in more goals.”
Aston Villa news (@AVFC_News) January 4, 2018
I`ll be delighted if he can get up to top form because I`m a bit fed up of some fans calling all comers crap when they come to us and don`t perform how there were at previous clubs. We are especially bad for this with strikers. There is a long and not so glorious history of us buying prolific strikers for top money, not playing to their strengths and then turning on them (and the club selling them for a fraction of what was spent bringing them in).
Feed Hogan, he`ll score. That header v Bristol City was fabulous and instinctive.
The great thing in the rest of the quotes is he seems totally aware that it all depends on him, he says it has been a bad time in his career but he`s mentally strong enough to pull through this.
“It just comes down to me, really. Working hard and doing what I know I can do.” He also says he still thinks he is the best striker at the club (and admits the others will also think that of themselves) because you have to believe.
And now the bad news! Although, not that bad if he has to rest and get ready for the next league game away at Nottingham Forest:
Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) January 5, 2018