By Amir Mir

Brentford striker Scott Hogan has stated Championship duo Aston Villa and Newcastle are not big clubs, only 20-time English champions Manchester United are.

The 24-year-old scored seven goals at the back-end of last season, having returned to action following two serious anterior cruciate ligament injuries which nearly ended his career.

Hogan, who has been tipped as the next Jamie Vardy by his former Rochdale coach Keith Hill, was very honest in his assessment of the north east and Midland clubs.

“No club is big to me,” Hogan told Get West London. “One club is big to me and that is Man United. The rest are not big at all. I don’t care about any other club.”

Salford-born Hogan will be gearing up to face former European champions Aston Villa and Newcastle this season.

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Despite Aston Villa entering the second-tier for the first-time since 1987, and Newcastle playing Championship football since 2009, the highly-rated forward just sees them as normal teams.

“They’re normal teams,” Hogan said of Newcastle and Villa to Get West London. “Unless we play Man United away it’s a different matter. Otherwise, they’re normal teams.”

Hogan will be hoping his goals can help the Bees push for promotion this season after finishing nine points off the play-offs last term.

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