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68 minutes played: Aston Villa man must surely have a January exit in his sights



Aston Villa received a huge boost earlier in the week after it was revealed by the BBC that top scorer Tammy Abraham looks set to stay at the club despite interest from Premier League Wolves.

As you would expect, the news that their 16-goal top scorer was staying delighted those connected to Villa.

However, one man who might not have been so pleased is striker Scott Hogan.

As our graphic shows, with Abraham the main man at Villa Park, Hogan has barely featured, making just six appearances in the league this season, combining for 68 minutes on the pitch.

Firstly, you have to say that it’s completely understandable as Abraham has proven himself to be one of the best strikers outside the top-flight and Jonathan Kodjia has a better record in recent years as his deputy.

Therefore, it’s vital that Hogan seeks a move in this window as he simply isn’t going to play.

After his former Brentford boss Dean Smith took over at Villa Park, there was some thought that Hogan could thrive again but nothing has really changed.

Sometimes, transfers just don’t work out and that’s been the case for Hogan at the West Midlands club. Even with the lack of minutes, he is still struggling to make a positive contribution when on the pitch.

At 26-years-old he should be entering his best years and he needs to believe he can resurrect his career elsewhere.

In reality, that will mean a pay cut and perhaps moving to a side lower down the league.

But, it’s only a few years ago that Hogan commanded a £12m fee and was earning serious praise with his ability to score goals and intelligence around the box.

It’s not going to happen at Villa but another club could help Hogan rediscover that form and, from a football perspective, he needs to do all he can to ensure that he gets a move this month.

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