By CandH bloggerAllen Cummings
Could Robert Snodgrass’ time at the London Stadium be in the balance?
There’s a school of thought that maybe it could and the evidence is beginning to look compelling! It was generally accepted that the former Scottish international, who only recently called time on his Scotland career, wouldn’t necessarily feature as a regular starter for Manuel Pellegrini.
But he was expected to be used on a reasonably regular basis from the bench. In the event the stats prove different.
Snoddy’s game time in the Premier League has been minimal so far, to say the least. He’s remained an un-used substitute for the last three games, at Bournemouth, home to Palace and last Saturday at Everton.
In fact, apart from playing the full 90 minutes against Brighton, way back in August, Snodgrass’ appearances have amounted to a single minute against Manchester United, 19 minutes against Norwich and just over half an hour against Manchester City in the first game of the season.
It’s becoming clear when the manager is looking to change his midfield options, Pablo Fornals and Jack Wilshere are his go to preferences.
Last season Snodgrass enjoyed his best spell for West Ham, making 35 Premier League appearances, including nine as a substitute, and netting four goals in the process.
His energy and enthusiasm won over many of the fans who had been critical of the player when he first arrived in January 2017. But this term it has been a very different story. He’s looked laboured and leggy when used. Just a shadow of his former self.
The manager could be tempted to juggle the pack a little in the January transfer window. While it seems unlikely there will be any movement, in or out, of recognised first team players, it could be his squad players Pellegrini chooses to freshen up. W
With growing calls for the younger legs of Josh Cullen to be recalled from his impressive spell at Charlton, Snodgrass could be the one to make way. Under contract until June 2021, he would still command a reasonable transfer fee of around the £4/5m mark.
Leeds United have been suggested as one possible destination and a return to Elland Road seems to make sense. Snodgrass’ experience in what is basically a young side could be just what manager Marcelo Bielsa is looking for as he pushes for promotion to the Premier League.
Robert has made no secret of the fact he still holds great affection for the Yorkshire club, who gave him his first taste of English football. It could be a fit to suit all sides!