Last season, Scott Hogan was one of a number of players brought in by Chris Wilder to help the Blades over the line.
And help out he did. Hogan scored the crucial opening goal for United against Ipswich Town at home. That goal – part of a 2-0 home win – helped seal promotion to the Premier League for the Blades at Leeds expense.
Hogan only managed two strikes in his time at Bramall Lane. However, his impact cannot be underestimated.
Ever a willing runner, Hogan gave Chris Wilder another option. That proved crucial when it came to resting the likes of Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick. In games such as Reading at home, Wilder was able to deploy Hogan alongside Gary Madine. The Blades still ran out 4-0 winners that day as both Hogan and Madine proved their worth.
Wilder, of course, decided not to pursue a permanent deal for Hogan in the summer. A short spell with Stoke followed this term before he cut that short to make the move to Pep Clotet’s Birmingham City side.
And it’s at St Andrews where Hogan has really shown his mettle when it comes to Championship football. s
Proving people wrong
Hogan was a big-money flop for Aston Villa. There is no getting away from that fact. After arriving in a near £10m deal from Brentford, Hogan managed only seven goals for the Villans across three poor seasons.
However, there has always been a talented goalscorer in there. He’d previously scored 14 times for Brentford (before joining Villa) while the season prior to that he notched seven times in seven starts for the Bees.
It’s great, then, to see a player like Hogan finally finding his feet again. He’s scored three times in just four games for the Blues as they’ve undergone a mini-revival of sorts.
Indeed, he’s won the praise of his new manager on more than one occasion.
While Sheffield United fly high in the Premier League, fans are often quick to forget who played their part in getting them there. It goes without saying, then, that Blades fans will be delighted to see Scott Hogan performing well for Birmingham City.