Date: 18th February 2020 at 8:00pm
Written by: Mark Day

Well, that’s one way to make everything a little bit less positive around St Andrew’s.

Just as things were starting to look up with our ten-game unbeaten run, we get this news to bring us crashing back down to earth, let’s just hope it isn’t as serious as these Blues fans think that it’s going to be. But even if it is, I still think there’s room for some positives in there.

The club announced yesterday that Birmingham City’s flavour of the month Scott Hogan sustained an ankle injury during the team’s draw with Brentford on Saturday, and that he is set for further assessments to determine how severe it’s likely to be.

Hogan had got off to a great start in a Blues shirt, with three goals in his first three games, all of them coming in victories, however it looks like we could be without him for a while depending on if it’s anything significant. As I said though, I wouldn’t be too concerned with it even if he’s out for the rest of the season, though I doubt it’ll come to that.

Given how we now have a sizeable gap between us and the relegation zone of 13 points and +10 goal difference over the team in 22nd, I think relegation fears should be put to bed for now and attention put firmly on next season.

As I hinted at a few days ago, you could make the argument that the goals he’s scored in our wins mean that he’s already paid us back in terms of our battle against relegation, so it’s pretty much job done on that front.

And this injury, regardless of how bad it is to Hogan is a great chance for us to start thinking about potential partners for Lukas Jutkiewicz for 2020/21. Could it be someone like Miguel Fernandez from the youth team? Maybe push Jude Bellingham further up the field and play him as a ‘second-striker’ similar to how he played away at Reading?

So don’t be too disheartened with this news, whilst we are going to miss Hogan, this should be seen as a great opportunity rather than an opportunity being taken away from us.

Will we be able to cope without Scott Hogan?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Is there another option for us going forward that I haven’t thought of yet? Let me know what you think down below.

 
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3 Replies to “Opinion: Blues fans shouldn’t be too down on Hogan injury, it’s a great opportunity for the club”

  • the problem is the club to be successful needs to prepare for every eventuality..but with. this league being so hard to get promotion from ..the ffp is not letting enough room to get two many quality benchers to be ultra reliable …but three quality strikers are a must ..to get 80 goals for promotion .

  • Once again the board has screwed up in the transfer window . Getting rid of Odin Bailey, Giminez and David Davis were awful decisions. Injuries have left us short and an already threadbare squad has been decimated further. It is a bit much expecting a youngster like Fernandez, Adan George or Jayden Reid to hit the ground running and become the next Jude Bellingham. Very few will instantly swim as it’s a massive step up. If they do then great but it’s a big risk probably more likely to fail. Still we’re close to safety and if we secure our status we can blood youngsters but forget about any top 10 aspirations. The only good thing with Hogan being injured long term is it’ll drive his price down if we still want to sign him in the summer. However the board may decide he’s a crock and decide against him.

  • We are four Points away from guarantee safety mathematically we cannot be caught after obtaining another 4 points. But that is only if games go our way. Looking at the teams below starting from the 4th placed team.
    So this does not mean we safe yet so I’m not celebrating yet.

    I have not heard that Scott Hogan has suffered a long-term injury all I know is he twisted his ankle and there was some swelling. You cannot do scans when they swearing so you can’t know if there’s anything wrong or not until the swelling has gone down.

    A twisted ankle is normally a week or two out unless there’s underlining problems.

    I understand that there’s a reoccurring problem with Scott Hogan he does have a dodgy ankle.

    KRO

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