Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan was part of a promotion winning team last season as he helped Sheffield United to the Premier League.
Hogan scored a few crucial goals for the Blades as they cemented second spot in the Championship, but any hopes of signing for the Blades on a permanent basis seem to have been extinguised, with the Sheffield Star reporting that Hogan isn’t top of the list for United and Chris Wilder.
And while Hogan will no doubt be a bit down that the Blades don’t want to sign him, he can take some solace in the fact that this could pave the way for Bristol City to finally make their move.
The Robins and manager Lee Johnson are known admirers of Hogan, and they have already declared their interest this summer given that Hogan is expected to be allowed to leave Villa Park following their promotion from the Championship.
While Hogan will no doubt love to test himself in the Premier League, a move to a club like Bristol City would be a good one for the Ireland striker, with the Robins a club on the up and seemingly always in the hunt for the top six under Johnson’s leadership.
A former Brentford striker who was snapped up owing to his goals at Griffin Park, things haven’t gone to plan for him with Villa, but he showed during his time with the Blades that he still has plenty to offer.
Hogan can take heart from his displays at Bramall Lane, and it might be that a season in the Championship getting regular football and playing under a manager who believes in him could be just the fresh start he needs to boost his career.
The Robins have narrowly missed out over the last few seasons, but with the Championship looking wide open this coming season as it stands, Hogan might just fancy Ashton Gate as the place to make it two successive promotions in a row.