West Ham United winger, Robert Snodgrass, who is serving a season-long loan spell with Aston Villa has expressed his wishes to sign a permanent deal with the latter after the 2017/18 campaign comes to an end. Speculations have been rife over the player’s impressive record with the Championship outfit this season and whether David Moyes will agree to sell the player when he himself does not have any primary wing options.
Villa’s wage structure is filled to the brim with players and Steve Bruce will be looking to trim the fat following the end of the current season. One of the names that obviously makes all the Villans take notice is that of Robert Snodgrass.
The Scotland international has appeared in 38 games this season and have furthered 14 assists, at par with Barry Douglas as the EFL Champion’s leading assist maker. He has also slotted in 8 goals to go along with his incredible playmaking abilities and is enjoying his spell under Steve Bruce, immensely.
His switch to West Ham United turned out to be a sour affair with the first season. The club’s co-owner David Sullivan came out and openly criticised the former manager, Slaven Bilic’s tactics of buying older players, taking a hit at the now-30-year-old Snodgrass. This did not sit well with the Glasgow-born winger who had reportedly cost the Hammers a whopping £10m transfer fee.
After a season of just 15 appearances, 2 assists and zero goals, the Scotsman needed to find a different pitch to resurrect his dying career and boy, has he succeeded at Villa Park.
Snodgrass is best suited to either the right wing or as an attacking midfielder. A power-packed left-foot paired with a keen eye for the pass has allowed him to carve out a key role in the Villa lineup. He has played his entire career in Britain and came into the limelight during his Leeds United days.
He featured in 187 games for the Peacocks and scored 41 times along with an assist-tally of 40. He even was awarded the Leeds’ Fans Player Of The Year and the Player’s Player Of The Year honours in the 2011/12 season.
After the season, Leeds decided to hand Snodgrass a massive contract which would have turned him into the club’s highest-paid footballer. The Scotsman decided to decline the offer and move onto the highly promising Premier League prospects of Norwich City.
Unfortunately, the top-flight was less than illustrious for the Glasgow-born winger. He shifted around between Norwich, Hull City and West Ham only to make a return to the second division and flourish.
Now, Aston Villa are primed to take on Fulham and the rest of the promotion hopefuls in the playoffs soon. If promotion earned, there would be nothing to stop the move from falling through, especially if Snodgrass refuses to go back to United.