Scott Hogan is struggling for playing time at Aston Villa at the moment.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has suggested to The Birmingham Mail that he knows that it is tough for Scott Hogan at the moment.

Hogan is struggling for playing time at the moment due to the form of Chelsea-owned striker Tammy Abraham.

Abraham, signed on loan from Premier League club Chelsea in the summer transfer window, has scored 11 goals and provided one assist in 14 Championship appearances for Villa so far this season, according to WhoScored.

Hogan, who can operate as a forward or as a winger, has played just 56 minutes of Championship football so far this campaign, according to WhoScored.

Villa are eighth in the Championship table at the moment with 31 points from 20 matches, just three points behind sixth-placed Sheffield United.

Villa manager Smith has admitted that he understands Hogan’s frustration, and has suggested that the only way that the Republic of Ireland international – who joined Villa from Championship rivals Brentford in January 2017 for an initial transfer fee reported by ESPN to be worth £9 million – could start is if Abraham gets injured.

Smith told The Birmingham Mail about Hogan: “It’s been difficult for Scott to get pitch time because of how Tammy has been doing.

“I know it was only 10 minutes but, I tell you what, he was unfortunate not to score at Middlesbrough. That’s the Scott Hogan that I had at Brentford and hopefully that can continue.

“If anything happens to Tammy with injury then I know I’ve got a bright Scott Hogan who’s certainly on the leash at the moment wanting to play.”

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