Alex Bruce has ripped into Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan and claimed he’s been “poor for a couple of years”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the just retired ex-Premier League defender delivered his verdict on the forward, who’s had a new lease of life on loan at Birmingham City.

Both clubs have been managed by his father Steve Bruce, who also signed Hogan for £12million from Brentford in January 2017.

Hogan, 27, has scored in his first three Championship matches at Birmingham, who he joined at the end of January.

He had previously had loan spells at Stoke City, in the first half of this season, and Sheffield United, in the second half of the last campaign.

“He has rediscovered his form and he needed too because he was having a bad time,
he’s not done anything for years,” Bruce told Football Insider.

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“He’s been poor, he was poor at Villa, he was poor at Stoke, did nothing, struggled to get games.

“He’s gone to Birmingham and he’s managed to find a little bit of form and get a couple goals and shown a little bit.

 

“Maybe the penny might have dropped for him to take him back to when he was at Brentford when he scored a few goals, hence why he got the move to Villa in the first place.

“He’s been poor for a couple of years now and he’s scored a couple of goals now so it’ll be interesting to see if he can continue to do it.”

In other news, Liverpool have been tipped to sign an Aston Villa player this summer by well-informed source.