Date: 27th January 2011 at 3:09pm
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I wanted to know a little more about our new loanee signing Jonathan Hogg – so who better to ask than a Villa fan!

Mike Field gives us a few views on him below…

Well there’s one thing that makes Jonathan Hoggy quite special and that is he is a pure battler. He’s already battled back from very serious injury and a lesser player may have simply hung up their boots or given the spell of time he had away from the game whilst injured decided to make life easier for themselves by dropping down a few divisions.

Hoggy took neither of them options and he’s been working his socks off in the reserve team and has been rightly rewarded with a few starts this season. That battling quality remains with him and as some Premiership players have found to their cost already this year, young Hogg certainly has no qualms about putting his foot in, and he also doesn’t seem to mind upending players as and when needs demand it.

He’s not just a typical midfielder terrier though, the kid has talent on the ball and he knows how to pass it around and he doesn’t mind driving forward with it when circumstances allow. He describes his own hero as being Roy Keane and you can definitely see similarities in the style of play – of course whether he can be that good depends on how he continues to develop and how he applies himself, if he doesn’t reach those heights in the years to come, as above it won’t be through lack of effort.

I wouldn’t expect that he’ll be expecting to walk into your first team, but he will work very hard to get his chance and he won’t want to give it up once he does get in your team. He is still very raw, and as is usual with youngsters finding their feet you’ll have your moments of groaning as well as applauding when he plays but what you can guarantee is you’ll get the old cliché of 110% each and every time.

For us there is no doubt he was thrown in at the deep end with our injuries, and at points he went missing during matches purely because with our form at the time there was little opportunity for midfield to settle and try and take charge, but even then he was full of running and never stopped chasing which was heartening. Fans are slightly torn on whether or not he could make the grade with us, but from my perspective he improved in each and every game he played and for me that’s all you can ask of a youngster, probably even more so when you consider the season we’ve had.

I do think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with him, and I hope he finds his feet quickly for you.

Written by Mike Field.

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