Ireland international Alan Judge is confident his Brentford teammate Scott Hogan will declare for Ireland.
The 27 year oldÂ has also claimed that Hogan is the “best striker in the Championship”.
“I honestly don’t think he is holding out for an offer from England or anyone else, it is genuinely a case where he had two seasons out with injury and he has to look after himself,” Judge told the Herald.
“I think he will come and play for us, he’s not stalling for a better offer, he has the right to take his time after two years of hell with injury. He’s played every minute of every game for us this season so he sees the international breaks as a chance to recover.
“If he does come and play for Ireland, he will be worth waiting for. He’s a good striker, quick and strong and he’s a natural goalscorer”.
Judge’s own progression has been halted by injury, and he’s currentlyÂ recovering from a broken leg. Hogan has also been unlucky with injuries,Â but he’s been in red hot form, bagging eight goals in the Championship already this season.
“From what I have seen over the last two or three years, Scott Hogan is the best striker in the Championship,” Judge told the Sunday Times at the weekend.
“I have only played with him twice but I have got to watch him in the stand. His movement is frightening, he is that quick and strong. He is a specimen. He has looked after himself really well when he was injured and he is reaping the rewards for that. Everything he touches goes in at the minute.”