Aston Villa flop Scott Hogan has admitted that he is struggling to get a start at Championship strugglers Stoke City and was surprised that he didn’t pay with his place in the Republic of Ireland national team, as reported by Pundit Arena.
The striker was in the form of his life when he joined Villa from Brentford in a £12 million deal midway through the 2016/17 season. But the goals dried up almost immediately after he arrived in the Midlands and, after netting just seven times in 37 league games for the Villans, he was farmed out on loan to Stoke in the summer transfer window.
Hogan might have netted a crucial winner in Saturday’s dramatic 2-1 triumph over high-flying Swansea, Stoke’s first win of the entire season, but he’s made more substitute appearances than starts so far for Nathan Jones’ side.
No wonder Hogan expected to be left out of Mick McCarthy’s latest ROI side for the October international break.
“I had two years or so at Villa which, being honest, were terrible from my point. It was as bad as it gets I think, but that is what it is, you’ve got to move on,” the 27-year-old said.
“I didn’t expect to be in the (Ireland) squad.
“I hadn’t been involved at all for Stoke, bottom of the Championship, who’d pick me? You know what I mean. I ended up in it, so I must have been doing something right for the boss."
Hogan will be praying that stoppage-time strike at the Liberty Stadium last time out will kick-start not only his stalling career but Stoke’s season. But he will need a lot more than that if he is to convince Dean Smith that he deserves a second chance at Aston Villa.
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