The new Saints manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, has apparently told the promising 21-year old forward that he can leave on a temporary basis. This move seems to potentially make sense given that Steve Bruce told the Birmingham Mail that he was looking to bolster Villa’s “toothless” attack.
The 1,93 meter (6’4”) England U20 spent last season on-loan at then Championship side, Blackburn. During that spell he netted twelve goals and added four assists in forty-seven appearances in all competitions. Certainly that effort was not a bad clip for a young talent in one of England’s toughest leagues.
Steve Bruce bringing in Sam Gallagher would no doubt further increase the proven depth he has at his disposal up front. Yet with Jonathan Kodjia set to likely become fully fit shortly after the international break, Villa’s embattled manager will have available three first-team striking options (i.e. Hogan, Kodjia and McCormack) that have combined for eighty-four total Championship goals in the previous two seasons.
With that said, the question has to be asked, is adding another striking option really the solution to Aston Villa’s poor start to the 2017/18 campaign?
Time will obviously tell if this loan deal does come to fruition. Should the tall and gifted Gallagher come in, all Villa faithful need to hope that he can replicate or better the form he showed last season at Blackburn.