Stoke City are happy to let Scott Hogan cut his season-long spell short in order to return to parent club Aston Villa before the end of January, according to the Stoke Sentinel.
Hogan initially joined the Potters from on a temporary deal until the end of the season from Villa, but the striker now looks set to depart the club after seriously struggling for playing time under new Stoke boss Michael O’Neill.
The 27-year-old featured in all of Stoke’s first six games this campaign under former manager Nathan Jones, but he has played more bit-part role in recent matches which has seen him not even named on the bench for the last three games.
It is now believed that O’Neill is happy to allow Hogan to return to his parent club in January as he aims to create space in the squad for new signings, and it is possible the forward could then head out on another loan spell for the rest of the season.
Hogan was deemed surplus to requirements at Villa Park over the summer ahead of their Premier League campaign, but Dean Smith’s side are now struggling towards the bottom of the table and they may benefit from increased numbers in the squad.
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Stoke fans will certainly be underwhelmed by Hogan’s time at the club given there was some excitement surrounding his arrival, but he has also not been given much of a chance to prove himself at the bet365 Stadium.
The forward only managed to score two goals during his time at the club, but both these helped his side to positive results as they drew 2-2 with Derby earlier in the season before he scored the winner during a memorable 2-1 win against Swansea.
It will now be intriguing to see whether Hogan is included in Smith’s plans upon his return to the Midlands outfit, but the most likely route would appear for him to join another Championship side on a temporary basis.