Scott Hogan has so far proven to be one of the signings of the January transfer window at Championship level, with the 27-year-old striker having really hit the ground running since completing his mid-season loan move to Birmingham City.
With three goals in his first three outings for the Blues, the Aston Villa loanee has once again proven that he still has that goal scoring instinct that earned him such high acclaim during his respective spells at first Rochdale and then Brentford earlier in his career.
Since leaving Griffin Park back in the 2016/2017 season, Hogan has endured a tough run over the last few years, with issues over fitness and form seeing the player shipped out on loan to the likes of Sheffield United and Stoke City, for whom he put in some unspectacular showings.
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Now the forward has seemingly found his scoring touch once more and will surely be hoping to continue his strong run of form into the weekend as the Blues play host to his old side Brentford on Saturday.
Here, we take an in-depth look at Hogan’s performance against Barnsley as we seek to answer why Birmingham City should seek to sign the striker on a permanent deal this summer in our latest FLW Spotlight article….
Hogan of course netted the all important goal of the game against Barnsley earlier this week, with the striker finishing with a rising left-footed effort after being found in the box by Jude Bellingham.
Throughout the 90 minutes on Tuesday, the forward attempted three shots for the Blues, thus suggesting that he has really found his confidence on a high since getting off the mark for the Midlands club.
One area that Hogan perhaps lacks in is his ability to dominate in the air, with the 27-year-old only winning a total of one aerial duel during the contest, with most of the flick ons coming via his teammate Lukas Jutkiewicz during the game.
In addition to this Hogan only completed 12 passes on Tuesday night, thus yielding a pass success rate of just 75%, perhaps indicating that the player is still establishing a good connection with his teammates when in possession of the ball.
If Hogan’s early form for the Blues is anything to go by, they will surely be weighing up a permanent move for a player who is already into his prime years as a professional.