Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan has seemingly hinted that he could leave the club this summer in order to find regular game time elsewhere, according to a report published by RTE.
“It has been a tough season for me,” said Hogan.
“I know the boss trusts me. He said I didn’t play enough for the last camp which I understand.
“He asked me to do a job tonight and I’m just disappointed I didn’t score. I think I did everything but score. But it is what it is. We got the win and that’s all that matters.
“That’s the first time I’ve started with these lads. I’ve been training with them. They know what I’m about. Only time will help improving on timing and the connections.
“I know the boss likes me. He has been really impressed with me. I’ve not played a lot of games. I think that was my first game in about six weeks since the end of the season. I only played seven or eight games which I really don’t like. I’ve got to get going. I’ve got to think about my future really. I’ve got to play.
“The manager pulled me over at the end for a couple of minutes and said ‘I love everything about you but you have to go and play games’. It’s up to me now to knuckle down and play games, wherever it may be.”
Hogan endured a difficult season. He fell out of favour at Villa towards the end of Steve Bruce’s reign as manager of the club and it was hoped that he would manage to work his way back into the first-team reckoning under the management of Dean Smith.
However, this was not to be as he was sent out on loan to Sheffield United for the second half of the campaign.
All in all, he failed to find the back of the net from seven appearances in all competitions for Villa this season. For Sheffield United, he managed two goals from eight appearances in all competitions.
Villa are preparing to play in the Premier League next season and need to bolster their side if they want to develop a side which is capable of avoiding relegation from the top-flight.
It would make sense for them to offload Hogan and bring in a new striker who ideally is a proven scorer in the English top-flight.
It remains to be seen whether the Blades will want to acquire the services of Hogan on a permanent basis this summer as they also prepare for life in the Premier League next season.
At 27-years-old, Hogan needs to be playing as regularly as possible and a departure from Villa will be the best move for club and player.