Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has vowed to rebuild the confidence of striker Scott Hogan according to a report published by The Express and Star.

The 26-year-old attacker has so far played just six Championship games for Villa this season, failing to score.

The Republic of Ireland international was forced to miss the start of the season due to injury. Hogsn has also struggled for consistency since joining the Villans from Brentford two seasons ago.

Villa are set to suffer a huge blow with key player Tammy Abraham set to join Premier League side Wolves. This means that Hogan and Jonathan Kodjia will have to start delivering up front if the club wants to stand a chance of winning promotion to the top-flight next season.

Hogan is currently not in the best of form and last found the back of the net last April. However, Smith is confident that the fortunes of the forward can be turned around with him.

The Villa boss said: “Scotty could have scored a couple on Saturday. The goalkeeper has been fortunate with the one and Scotty was unfortunate with the other.

“But that is a job for us to work on, to build his confidence up and get him scoring goals again.”

Smith added: “With goalscorers, their currency is goals. If they come off the pitch having played well but not scored, all goalscorers still think they haven’t played well.”

Villa fans are desperate to see the club back in the Premier League and we’re heartbroken when their side lost out in the playoff final to Fulham last season.

Hogan has real potential to be the man to fire them back to the big time, but replacing Abraham’s goals will be a big ask.

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