Robert Snodgrass’ West Ham career has been peculiar.
He was signed to replace Dimitri Payet, immediately written off, loaned out to Aston Villa in the Championship, given a lifeline by Manuel Pellegrini and now he is a bit-part player.
Last season, Snodgrass was one of Pellegrini’s key options out wide. This season, he has managed just 144 minutes of action in the league. So, what’s next for the Scotland international in East London?
Pellegrini keen on Snodgrass
According to a report by Claret & Hugh, Pellegrini wants Snodgrass to stay at West Ham. He will not let the left-footed midfielder leave in January because he still has a part to play at West Ham.
Snodgrass has a contract until summer 2021 with an option to extend that by two years. This could feasibly take him through to the end of the 2022/23 season. Pellegrini thinks Snodgrass is a valuable player so a January exit is unlikely.
How does Snodgrass get back into the team?
Snodgrass has been left out of the squad once and on the bench for three of West Ham’s eight league games this season. Of his four league outings this season, only one of those was a start.
The 32-year-old’s role in the West Ham squad has diminished since last season. The return of Andriy Yarmolenko is a major factor in that. Pellegrini also seems keen to give Pablo Fornals and Jack Wilshere some time off the bench.
Snodgrass has always been a model professional and a hard-worker. He will back himself to knuckle down, work hard in training and show Pellegrini he is still a valuable member of the squad.
But Michail Antonio is back towards the end of 2019 and youngsters like Nathan Holland and Dan Kemp are knocking on the door. Snodgrass’ West Ham role could continue to shrink as the season goes on.