‘Astonishing impact’ – Birmingham City says goodbye to lender duo


Birmingham City have confirmed that lenders Scott Hogan and Jake Clarke-Salter are returning to Aston Villa and Chelsea respectively. Forward Hogan joined the Blues in January and hit the ground with seven goals in his first eight games while defender Clarke-Salter has made 19 league appearances in total.

Hogan’s form slowed after the lockdown, as the Blues limped towards the finish line of the 2019-20 season, ending the season in 20th place and just two points clear of relegated Charlton Athletic to the 22nd.

Hogan, who struggled at Stoke City in the first half of the campaign, joined the club on January 29 and immediately made a good impression on his debut with a goal in a 2-1 loss to Nottingham Forest at St Andrew’s on February 1st.

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After a fine run of form that coincided with the Blues’ rise to 14th place, Hogan failed to find the back of the net for the last nine games and was taken out of the starting lineup for the game. against Derby County on the last day. of the season.

Now Hogan returns to Villa with a year on his contract and apparently another loan period on the horizon.

“It’s probably the last chance to be honest,” he said after the game against Forest. “If I don’t get it, I’ll probably be in and around the championship for the rest of my career and that’s if I’m lucky.

“This is probably my last chance to continue and get to where I want to be.

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“I spoke to the manager (former Blues boss Pep Clotet), he plays three up front and he wants me and the big man (Lukas Jutkiewicz) to play every game until the end of the season.

” It’s awesome. It’s all I’ve ever wanted. A confident Scott Hogan will score a lot of goals. This is what I need to come back.

“At Brentford I scored around 24-25 goals in 30 games and we talked about big moves in the Premier League and they failed.

“I ended up going to Villa on the last day of this transfer window and since then I’ve just fallen.

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“I have to correct this. I am 27 years old, I should be reaching my peak.

“I have to make things right because I know I can do it in this division.

“I think I’m good enough to play higher and the only way to do that is to remind everyone that I’m still here and that I can still do what I do best.

“I’m still 27 years old.

“Hopefully a few goals here can bring me to a team that is struggling to get there. I don’t know but I have to aim high.

“I won’t be happy if I end my career and have never played in the Premier League.

“Whether people are good enough or not is up to them to decide but personally I want to play in the Premier League to retire in ten years, a happy man. “


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