Scott Hogan revealed how the rivalry between himself and Andre Gray that never was, would have seen him hit the 20-goal mark in the past two seasons.
Hogan signed from Rochdale in July 2014 - four weeks after Gray made the move Brentford from then-Conference side Luton Town - and was handed the number nine shirt, suggesting he was the club’s preferred striker after promotion from League One.
However, his two well-documented knee injuries put paid to the competition between the two, and after being forced into the limelight, Gray impressed Burnley manager Sean Dyche, leading to a move to Turf Moor that could eventually be worth £9 million to Brentford.
And whilst Hogan is delighted for the newly crowned Championship Play of the Year, he understandably feels an overwhelming sense of hindsight at what could have been for him.
He said, “I signed shortly after Andre and I was put under the belief that I was maybe ahead of him, even without seeing me play.
“Andre’s achievements speak for themselves. He’s improved massively and his qualities are obvious to everyone – it’s a credit to him because he works so hard.
“It probably would have been a straight fight between me and Andre for a place – he did pre-season and I came in a bit later but it would have been nice to go head-to-head. I’m sure he would have scored a lot of goals and I would too”.
Despite hitting the ground running after his return from injury, with three goals in his last two games, the 24-year-old believes he would have thrived on the creativity of both Alex Pritchard and Alan Judge.
He added, “I’m a striker and that’s what I’m paid to do, so that’s what I’ll continue to do - it looks easy on paper.
“I’d like to think if I’d played most of this season with Judgey and the likes of Pritch last year, I could have hit the 20+ goal mark and would have definitely hit it this year as well.
“Football is football – we can never know what could have been”