Time to move on, or time to get the band back together?
That’s the decision that is facing Birmingham City this summer when it comes to one of our former hot-shots.
According to a report in The Telegraph recently relegated AFC Bournemouth have thrown their hat into the ring to try and sign former Blues forward Scott Hogan. Hogan of course enjoyed a very fruitful start to his career at St Andrew’s, with seven goals in his first nine games for us (earning plenty of praise along the way), before sadly drawing a blank after the restart.
With just one year left on his deal, and the Championship seemingly being his level, I can’t see Villa keeping hold of him this window, gifting and shipping him as it were to the highest bidder in the second-tier.
Was Hogan our signing of the season?
Blues fans made their voices clear this morning that they don’t want to see him back, and I personally think we should stay away from the situation as well. That drop off in form after the restart was worrying to say the least. Maybe Hogan just caught a ‘new club bounce’ (similar to the ‘new manager bounce’) when he moved across the city and the pause in the season put a stop to that.
As I have said when it comes to the backroom staff at the club, new boss Aitor Karanka needs to be given the freedom to appoint his own staff, and that goes for the players too. Karanka shouldn’t be tied to anything that happened in the previous regime, (with the exception of the youth team for reasons I’ve made clear).
It’s time that we move on from the Hogan era, and just enjoy what happened while it lasted.
What about you? Do you think we should be trying to bring Hogan back this summer?