Bilic makes spot on decision


scott-hoganWest Ham’s board will be relieved they allowed manager Slaven Bilic to have the final say on not signing former Brentford striker Scott Hogan.

Having joined Aston Villa,  the 24 year old was last night carried off on a stretcher in the  2-0 defeat by Newcastle.

It came at a time when he has failed to find the net for his new team since making a £13 million deadline day switch to Villa  who are now in 17th place just six points above the relegation places.

Hogan has had terrible luck with injuries so far in his career, already recovering from two ACL tears which was a major reason why Slav refused to bring him on board although he was uncertain the player was of PL quality anyway.

The Hammers were regularly reported throughout the transfer window as being close to signing the front man but ClaretandHugh reported on various occasions that the manager wasn’t keen.

Finally he said “no” preferring to keep the cash in the bank for a summer raid on  other targets.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I thinks it’s a bit tasteless to take happiness from another players injury Hugh.

  • PopRobson says:

    that was exactly what I felt when reading it.

  • SwissStu says:

    I hope that Hogan is okay and the injury not a career threatening one.
    Really sorry to see Villa in this position, they really needed his goals this season.

  • Carrerageorge says:

    I am unsure whether he would have delivered for us but his form for a shocking Villa team is no evidence.

  • Stan The Man says:

    I have watched him a couple of times now for Villa and quite frankly he has been starved of any type of service.There can be no judgement made on the kid with the scraps he has been feeding off for them.I think young Hogan is going to end up a very frustrated forward with them.

  • Hammer64 says:

    I thought he looked to have a bit more about him than Zaza, but as Stan rightly says he is really getting little support at Villa. They have some good players there. That guy Kodjia I saw once or twice playing as front man before they bought Hogan& he looked good, but something is not right. Always feel a bit for other ‘claret & Blues’ (except when they play us)and I saw them beat Man U in my first Cup Final 1957. Probably the first proper game I watched! The Man U goalie got clattered & broke a bone in his neck, went off, then came back on as winger! It was like unarmed combat in those days I am telling you!

  • Dunlopilo says:

    By the way, Zaza started for Valencia against Bilbao, contributed somewhat to the win, but still looked VERY clumsy, making bad tackles, and with a VERY poor first touch on the ball. He might need time, but actually looked the same as when with us. So it wasn’t the environment after all… Plus he has the same type of deal he had with us, play more than a number of matches and the slot machine has to pour coins. He probably will not be a hit for Valencia either.

  • Tony gore says:

    Better than the spot on decision than * ZA ZA* then 😂😂😂

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