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The whole Hogg - a Villa view on new boy

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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    Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Thursday January 27 2011

    Time: 5:00PM

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    Can't judge yet but the player starts at a disadvantage as he replaces the apparently too small and lightweight Ritchie even though ge looks like the ex Pompey player's lighter smaller brother. He will need to Improve rapidly- hopefully he's not too depressed with the dross in the same colour shirts to do that.
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    27/01/2011 17:20:00

    He's okay, is Hoggy. I was surprised we gave him a new contract but I was pleased for him nonetheless. He wont let you down anyway.
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    27/01/2011 18:12:00

    Not expecting to walk into our first team? Well I don't know what else he thinks he is going to do......I am very pleased for the lad, but I think its a damn shame that our youngsters have been shipped out to make way for other people's youngsters. But if he does as Mike says, then he is very very welcome.
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    27/01/2011 18:32:00

    He certainly sounds as though he deserved his new contract and as Gandor said he is bound to feature regularly in our wafer thin squad. Looked a little lost on Tuesday but with all the side off song that is not surprising as he probably didn't even know their names. Good luck Jon.
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    27/01/2011 19:00:00

    Good luck Jonathan, I've predicted you will win on saturday. (is this just blind hope)
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    27/01/2011 21:34:00

    Ahhh the ghost of Sammy Igoe returns. Well let's hope we haven't made a pig's ear on signing this player. We need a leader & an experienced player in the middle of the park & I'm sorry the young man doesn't fit the bill. We are too close to the relegated spots to be taking this type of risk. Though I wish him well & no doubt he will do well somewhere in the future, I need convincing he is the answer for us now. To bring him in whilst we are struggling is asking a lot & may be too much of the lad. Shame we couldn't have got Norris from Ipswich!!!
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    28/01/2011 09:34:00

    Is there a height limit to midfileders SC wants to bring in? All the midfielders weve been linked with are 5'7"... odd when he said Ritchie wasnt big enough and he is listed as being 5'8"..... PuP
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    28/01/2011 09:55:00

    He may be under 6ft Mr Weller, but trust me, he knows how to floor people lol
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    28/01/2011 19:02:00

    Well I'm pleased to hear that Mike , cos its getting dead rough in the no power just lately.
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    28/01/2011 22:11:00

    I was as surprised as everyone to see him debut when he did for you, I thought he'd get a game or two on the bench to get to know people, the way you play and so on...I'll admit plenty aren't convinced with his performances so far, but I was impressed. He tracks and digs in even though he's finding his feet. As said at heart the kid is a battler, not afraid of a tackle and not afraid of getting involved, and as he gets comfortable he can play too. I'm sure over the coming weeks you'll see that for yourself.

    There are players at the club (his age bracket) with more flair, as there are better passers and because of the injuries he's had he's a good 18 months 'on pitch experience' behind them so it will be a couple of years yet before he reaches his peak....but to qualify that as it sounds like a dig, there's a reason - despite that - he's had more pitch time than some of those I'm thinking off. Give him time I'm sure you'll see in him what I have, and what those who like this kid have done.

    It's difficult not to overhype players you think, with the right luck and keeping their feet on the ground, could be big players, so don't expect him to single handedly run your midfield lol But I'm convinced he'll improve you.
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    29/01/2011 02:40:00


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