‘It didn’t’ Scott Hogan has been sent this transfer message after Aston Villa exit
Stoke City made a smart decision to bring in ‘proven goalscorer’ Scott Hogan from Aston Villa ahead of the transfer deadline.
That’s according to Danny Higginbotham, who thinks Stoke can provide the perfect platform for Hogan to resurrect his career after a frustrating spell at Villa Park.
The Republic of Ireland striker was considered one of the Championship’s most dangerous frontmen when Villa swooped to strike a £12m deal with Brentford in 2017.
But he’s scored just 10 times in 61 outings for his parent club since, and after spending the second half of last season on loan at Sheffield United, was sent to Stoke earlier this month for the rest of the campaign.
And Higginbotham reckons Hogan can become a danger in front of goal again having scored twice against Derby County at the weekend.
“It’s an opportunity for him. For whatever reason it didn’t work out for him at Villa, but he’s proven at this level as a goalscorer, we saw that at Brentford,” Higginbotham told Football League World.
“I went to watch the game against Derby on Saturday. You could say that Stoke were unfortunate, they missed a lot of gilt-edge chances, but I think from Nathan Jones’ perspective, the second goal, the link up between [Lee] Gregory and Hogan, I think that’s something that will have pleased him no end.
“They want to be on the front foot, they’ve got plenty of players who can create changes, there’s no doubt about that. If Hogan can get in the right place at the right time, then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to get himself a few goals.
“He’s been credited with both goals from Saturday. He’ll be absolutely delighted with that and it’ll be a real confidence boost for him.”