Alan Hutton claims that Scott Hogan’s Aston Villa career could be over after the striker’s decision to join Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season.
The former Villa right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, says it is a move he would not “personally” make due to the clubs’ long-standing rivalry.
It was confirmed on Wednesday the 27-year-old will spend the rest of the season at St Andrew’s after spending the first half of the campaign on loan at Stoke City.
A loan switch for Scott Hogan…#AVFC
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Hogan made only five starts in 15 appearances for Michael O’Neill’s side, netting three times, while he has also struggled to make any sort of impact at Villa under Dean Smith.
When asked if the move spelled the end of Hogan’s time at Villa Park, Hutton told Football Insider: “It does seem that way. He is a great guy, I know him well. It has been a difficult time for him since he made the move. He has never made that breakthrough into the first team.
“Sheffield United did not work out, now Stoke has not. I do not know why that is because when I trained with him you could see he was a talented boy with an eye for goal. It just seems like he has not quite found a home yet.
“Personally, I would not go to Birmingham. It is up to him, it is his career at the end of the day and I do get it from a football point of view.
“It is always going to be difficult going to Birmingham from Aston Villa. It is one of those rivalries. Good for him to get a move and he obviously wants to play football but it says to me that he will not be at Villa much longer.”
The former Brentford forward was signed by the Villans in January 2017 for £12million by former manager Steve Bruce and went on to score 10 goals in 61 appearances.
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