Sheffield United have confirmed the signing of Scott Hogan from Aston Villa, with the forward joining on a loan deal until the end of the season as reported by the BBC.
The Blades expressed an interest in signing the 26-year-old back in the summer, as per the BBC, and they have now finally landed their man after Hogan fell out of favour under Dean Smith at Villa Park.
Hogan has made just seven appearances for the Villans this season, including six from the bench, as per Whoscored, and has failed to score a single goal as Tammy Abraham runs riot up top in his place.
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Villa signed Hogan from Brentford exactly a year ago today in a deal totalling £12m (as per the BBC), but he has managed to score just six goals in 38 Championship appearances for the club during a disappointing spell in the Midlands, via Whoscored.
Strangely, it looks highly unlikely that Hogan will threaten any player’s place, not immediately at least. The Blades have 18-goal Billy Sharp in their ranks, who is just one goal off the aforementioned Abraham at the top of the Championship scoring ranks.
Alongside Sharp, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has 31-year-old David McGoldrick, who has an impressive ten goals to his name so far in the league this season, as per Transfermarkt.
Hogan’s arrival looks to be purely to play backup to the aforementioned pair, unless he manages to impress Wilder in training. As previously mentioned, however, the Blades have been eyeing the former Brentford man for a while now, so he will surely have some sort of role to play at Bramall Lane, rather than being stuck on the bench.
It is worth noting that McGoldrick is 31 and Sharp is 32 years of age, so Hogan’s arrival may be with a view to turning the move permanent and hoping he can succeed whichever one of the pair starts to decline first.