Steve Bruce has shared that he thinks Scott Hogan has struggled to perform at Aston Villa because of the expectations at the club.
In an interview with the Birmingham Mail,the Villa boss claimed that playing for Villa came with a different sort of pressure than playing at lesser clubs.
“I think it’s hard, no disrespect to Brentford, or Barnsley, but this is different to those clubs where there’s no real expectation, said Bruce.
“Staying in the division is probably the expectation, with that they can flourish.
“But when you come to Aston Villa you are under the pump, under the cosh, under the spotlight straight away, there’s big demands.”
Hogan has made 15 appearances across all competitions for the Villans this season and grabbed three goals.
The striker has struggled with injuries since joining Aston Villa but with Jonathan Kodjia now out, Bruce may rely on Hogan to solve his striker problems.
“It’s been a tough time for him, but now can he be the one that gives us the lift that everyone’s looking for in a striker?” revealed Bruce.
The Aston Villa manager shared that he believes the team is only as good as their strikers, and he hopes that it is now Hogan’s time to shine.
The Villans are next in action against Sheffield United on Saturday, and could fall out of the play-off places if they lose.
This is because seven placed Leeds United are just one point behind Aston Villa and Sheffield United, and know that victory against Hull City would move them into the top six.
Sheffield United won their last game against Aston Villa 2-1 in 2014, when the sides met in the FA Cup.
n other Aston Villa news, the Villains will offload this £5million in January and a top-flight side is already interested.