Paul Robinson has claimed Scott Hogan and James Chester may be in line for surprise new deals if Aston Villa were to suffer relegation this season.
The former Spurs and Leeds United keeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed a U-turn from Dean Smith could be in store despite a possible damaged relationships with the pair.
Both players, who have become regulars for their loan clubs, are out of contract this summer but are likely to see their deals extended as FIFA introduces emergency measures with the season suspended, Football Insider learned.
When asked if Hogan and Chester could remain at Villa Park next season, Robinson told Football Insider: “Any player like that you are going to stand up and take notice but I think it depends massively on what league Villa are in next year.
“Hogan is doing himself no harm, he is scoring goals at that level regularly and playing well, so it would be silly not to put him back into the ranks. The same applies to James Chester. Players that have no fitted in but gone out and done well elsewhere.
“My worry would be things behind-the-scenes – managers, players and different relationships. You do not know what has been said and why they are not in Dean Smith’s plans but I see no reason not to pull those two back into the squad.”
Hogan has scored an impressive seven goals in nine appearances since signing at St. Andrews in January.
Centre-half, Chester featuring seven times as the Potters since his move.