Stoke City are reportedly happy to let Aston Villa loanee Scott Hogan return to his parent club in January.
The 27-year-old joined the Potters on a season-long loan deal in the summer and has fallen out of favour under Michael O’Neill.
Hogan featured in 10 of Stoke’s first 13 Championship games of the season but has found game time much harder to come by in recent weeks and has played just once since the end of November.
The striker has scored just twice and provided one assist in his 15 appearances for the Potters and it looks as though his time at the Bet365 Stadium is now coming to an end.
According to the Stoke Sentinel, the club are happy to let Hogan cut his loan short in January.
With Hogan set to return to Villa, we asked our FLW writers to sum up his time at Stoke…
“It has been another hugely frustrating spell for Hogan and it would do him the world of good to leave Stoke and find another club in the Championship.
“His career has gone downhill since leaving Brentford for Villa and I think he needs to secure a permanent move away from Villa Park for good next month.
“He is a confidence player and when he finds a system that suits him, he scores goals as proven by his time at Griffin Park under Dean Smith.
“It was always going to be hard for Hogan to play week in week out for Stoke given the amount of attacking players they have on their books, with Sam Vokes, Tyrese Campbell, and Lee Gregory all scoring at the weekend.”
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“Hogan scored two important league goals for Stoke during their matches against Derby and Swansea but he did not get given enough chances to entirely prove his worth to the Potters.
“The striker always looked sharp and lively whenever he was given an opportunity but the plethora of attacking options within the Stoke squad means he was handed a starting place far too infrequently.
“The fact he is not getting minutes for the Championship relegation strugglers suggests sending him back to Villa would be the best option, particularly given that O’Neill is looking to trim down his squad for the second half of the season.”
“Ultimately, Hogan definitely showed glimpses of his quality during his time at the bet365 Stadium but the Potters’ wide range of striking options means it was always going to be difficult to give him the minutes he wanted.”
“I think he’ll be pretty disappointed with it, as many others will.
“After a disappointing campaign last season, this was Hogan’s opportunity to show that he can still be a reliable option at this sort of level and it doesn’t really feel like he has taken it.
“Ultimately, any striker such as Hogan is going to be judged on the number of goals they can provide for their team, and in all honesty, his return of just three goals in 15 appearances in all competitions doesn’t really feel like enough to be convincing.
“Admittedly, the all-round performances produced by Stoke this season won’t have helped him in that sense, although some may be inclined to question why Hogan hasn’t been able to step up to get them out of that rut, which is unlikely to bode well for his future.”