Date: 29th January 2020 at 8:00am
Written by: Mark Day

If he can recapture his form, then this would be a very astute signing.

But a lot of that is based on the word ‘if’, which can sometimes have an awful lot of meaning attached to it for such a small word.

According to reports, Birmingham City are set to head to the northern end of the A38 in their latest attempts to get some more goals in the team as they look set to bring in Scott Hogan from Aston Villa. The 27-year-old has spent the first half of the season on loan at Stoke City but has found game time hard to come by, only starting four of the Potters’ games so far.

I said that this signing would be a good one if he could recapture his form, because whilst he hasn’t had the greatest of success in the division recently, it was his form in the early part of the 2016/17 season that got him his move to Villa in the first place, where he scored 14 goals in 25 games.

It’s no secret that the Blues need some more goals in the team, their second-highest goalscorer at the moment is Jude Bellingham with four, and have been looking for someone to compliment Lukas Jutkiewicz up top, either as a partner or as a rotation option, and Hogan can certainly provide that.

But again, it comes back to that word ‘if’.

Which is why a lot of this will also come down to how the Blues intend to use him

If he is going to be the main partner up top with Jutkiewicz in a 4-4-2 formation, then it’s an awful big risk to ask him to start scoring all the goals that he used to earlier in his career.

If however he is going to be used as a rotation option, maybe for midweek games whilst Jutkiewicz gets some rest, and we ask him to only get maybe six or seven goals between now and the end of the season, I think he can do it.

Will Scott Hogan be a good addition to the squad?

Yes

Yes

No

No

All in all, I think this would be a good move if the Blues can pull it off. He’s probably not going to be the knight in shining armour twenty goal scorer that we have been asking for, but then again, we don’t really need him to be. And at least with him being on loan, there isn’t a huge financial risk associated with it either.

 
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