When West Ham United appointed Manuel Pellegrini and spent £100 million on players in the summer few thought they would see Robert Snodgrass in a Hammers shirt again.
A month into the new season, though, the Scot has featured in all five of West Ham’s games so far.
And not just featured.
Snodgrass has been an integral figure in Pellegrini’s side much to the surprise of supporters.
Signed for £10 million in January 2017, Snodgrass endured a terrible start to his Hammers careers.
Snodgrass in from the cold
He was promptly shipped out on loan to Aston Villa last season and slowly rediscovered something like his best form.
Supporters expected to see Snodgrass sold as part of Pellegrini’s Hammers revolution.
Especially after a very public clash with the club’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold over disparaging comments they made about the midfielder.
But the reality has been quite the opposite.
Pellegrini not only kept Snodgrass but made him a starter.
‘We sorted that’
The former Leeds man has worked his socks off for West Ham this season.
But it has not helped West Ham avoid a disastrous start to the season with four defeats from four.
Now on his return to the Scotland squad this week, Snodgrass has spoken to the Scotsman and lifted the lid on his relationship with the owners and delivered his verdict on under fire Pellegrini, who is now odds on to be sacked.
“I’m working with one of the best managers, he’s won the Premier League and La Liga and I can only learn from people like that,” Snodgrass told the Scotsman.
“He’s been great with me, he’s always talking to me and from the off I spoke to the chairman and put that stuff on the back burner. We sorted that.
“I feel as though this is it starting (again)] because under Bilic, there wasn’t a lot of communication and it was difficult. I wasn’t really playing in the right position, where he signed me for.”