Hodgson told the WBA website: "It's a bit different at Manchester City. They play a lot more games than we do.
"They're in the Champions League and they rest and rotate. At a club like ours, we don't rotate our team to the same extent
"We only play 40-odd games a season. We're lucky to play 45.
"That's very different to playing 60 games. I was a bit worried if Owen came in, especially if he was also on the verge of playing, that someone that I think we need to keep might have been pushed out of the door by being pushed one down the pecking order.
"I believe that in midfield we have a strong unit. We haven't seen Dorrans or Gera while Thomas has yet to start a league game - and yet we still feel we've got a strong midfield unit.
"Then, of course, we've got a young boy called George Thorne who we believe in.
"So it was more of a question that, the way we work and are as a club, I would've needed to have seen Owen go directly into the first XI, as it were.
"Of course, you can't see that and he knows himself it was going to take a bit of time and it still was a bit of a gamble, so I think it was easier for Manchester City to take a gamble than us."