Aston Villa have some work to do if they are to reach the Championship play-offs this season.
Manager Dean Smith was actively trying to strengthen his squad on deadline day and completed some eye-catching business.
Defender Tyrone Mings arrived on loan from Bournemouth; whilst the club also completed the loan of Swansea midfielder Tom Carroll.
A 0-0 draw with Reading didn’t do anything to enhance the feeling that Smith’s men can sneak into the play-offs.
Villa managed just three shots on target as a struggling Royals held on for a share of the spoils.
Smith is blessed with lots of quality at his disposal but he could perhaps live to regret the decision to allow Sheffield United to take Scott Hogan on loan.
Hogan has joined Villa’s promotion rivals in a quest for first-team football and it is a deal that features some intrigue.
Villa do have one of the Championship’s most lethal strikers in Tammy Abraham but the backup is questionable.
Jonathan Kodjia has found himself out of form, whilst youngster Keinan Davis is not a tried and tested option.
Hogan knows where the back of the net is on his day and his inclusion on the bench would give Villa a completely different option to that of Abraham.
Loaning him to a top-six rival just seems comical from a Villa point of view.
Should the Blades get Hogan fit and firing then he could score the goals that take them into the Premier League; leaving Villa to potentially fight it out in the lottery of the play-offs.
Villa could have dropped a transfer market clanger with their handling of the Hogan situation.