Villa striker reveals how £12m price tag HELPS him to cope
SCOTT Hogan has revealed how his hefty £12 million price tag has actually helped him during his times of struggle.
The Villa striker admits it hasn’t gone to plan since moving from Brentford in January as niggling ankle injuries have restricted him to just 11 league starts.
But while away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland this week, Hogan said: “Sometimes when I’m a bit down – and I’ll be honest, it has not gone great since I went to Villa – I go home and my girlfriend, family and friends say, ‘ Re member, you’re a £12m player. Someone paid that much money you’. That picks you up a tle. “I remember the first bids going in from West Ham, even before January, and it was like, ‘Jesus, this is a lot of money here’. “And the bids kept being turned down and I was like, ‘this cannot keep going up here, can it?’ “I had only been at lowbudget clubs and I kept thinking I am just a lad who wants to play football, I am not worthy of that kind of money. A fee is a fee. “If someone wants to pay it, they pay it, but from where I am from, that’s a lot of money.” Hogan bagged three goals in the early rounds of the Carabao Cup this term but is still stuck on one has for lit- Championship goal in claret and blue.
Martin O’Neill has taken a punt on the striker by handing him his first Republic of Ireland call-up and Hogan is hoping to make an impression with two final World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales on the agenda.
Despite a difficult 2017, Hogan has still enjoyed a rapid rise in recent years.
It wasn’t long ago he was an odd-job man, working in a warehouse, shelf-stacking, cleaning and recycling vans.
“I did everything,” he admitted, during his earlier years when he was knocking around the non-league circuit before moving to Rochdale and then Brentford.
“But I knew the only thing I was okay at was football, so I just kept playing and kept playing and I gave my job up one summer to go and train in the gym.”
A down-to-earth man who admits he never had much growing up, Hogan remains incredibly grounded, despite his big-money move to Villa Park. “The family live near where I am. I have my girlfriend. We are sensible, we are not stupid,” he said. “I am more of a go home sit in front of the TV and watch football type of lad, rather than the go out and do whatever type.
“Being paid to be a footballer allows us to do nice things, allows us to live in a nice house, and it allows us to do things that we never could. I don’t take it for granted and I never will.”
> Scott Hogan bagged three goals in the early rounds of the Carabao Cup. Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill, pictured left, has taken a punt on Scott Hogan