Former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent says Scott Hogan should do whatever he can to make his loan move from Villa to Birmingham City permanent in when the transfer window reopens.
Hogan joined Birmingham from their Midlands rivals back in the January transfer window, and has been a revelation following that move, scoring seven goals in just eight league appearances for Pep Clotet’s side.
Speaking recently to Boylesports, Hogan revealed that he would be happy to return to St Andrew’s on a permanent basis next season, but that a decision on his future could be “out of his hands”.
Bent however, believes that Hogan should be looking to make sure that he can stay at Birmingham beyond the next few months, as he told Football Insider: “I like Scott Hogan, I’ve really liked him from when he was at Brentford – he’s a typical forward, gets into good positions, great movement and a very good finisher.
“Obviously he’s had a couple of stints elsewhere where it hasn’t worked for him but I’m a firm believer that when you get a scenario – obviously a couple of times I moved – but when you’re a striker and you’re scoring goals somewhere, stay there, just stay there.
“While he’s at Birmingham right now, the fans love him – it’s like they’ve completely forgotten he’s from Villa.”
Discussing the damage Hogan could do to his career by moving elsewhere, and assessing whether there are any other potential destinations for the striker to consider, Bent continued: “He’s enjoying playing there, he’s scoring goals, he’s happy and in a good place – don’t jeopardise that to go somewhere else.
“It could call fall apart. While you’re there, scoring goals and your confidence is really high, stay there, ride it out as long as you can.
“Unless he gets a move to someone in the Premier League, an established Premier League side, then you’ve got to go because it’s the Premier League, but right now while things are hot, stay where you are.”
Things have never really worked out for Hogan since his move to Villa from Brentford in 2017, with the striker scoring just ten times in 61 appearances for the club before enduring similarly underwhelming loan spells in the Championship with Sheffield United and Stoke prior to that move to Birmingham at the turn of the year.
There is currently just over a year remaining on Hogan’s contract with Villa, securing his future at the club until the end of next season.
I do think Bent has a point here.
When you look at Hogan’s record elsewhere in recent years, it does seem as though there is no guarantee he will enjoy the same sort of individual success he currently has at Birmingham, if he moves to another club when the window reopens.
As a result, it would seem to make sense for him to look to stay at St Andrew’s, something you imagine Birmingham themselves will be happy to see happen, provided they can raise the funds to make that move possible.