The international break afforded Robert Snodgrass the opportunity to escape West Ham’s struggles and link up with his countrymen.
Unfortunately, however, Snodgrass was called up to an underperforming Scotland squad, who were hosting World Cup bronze medalists Belgium on Friday night.
The result was a 4-0 thrashing, which is not the respite Snodgrass really needed after being part of West Ham’s dismal start to the season. We’ve taken a closer look at his international break…
How did he do on Friday?
Alex McLeish elected to leave the winger on the bench for the visit of the Belgians. By the time Snodgrass replaced Kevin McDonald on 53 minutes, Scotland were 3-0 down already.
That meant that Snodgrass did not get the confidence or gametime he may well have been looking for after the Hammers’ difficult start.
One positive for Manuel Pellegrini is that his man was not overexerted, but Snodgrass would surely have preferred to start.
After Friday’s friendly engagement, Scotland kick off their UEFA Nations League campaign tonight. They are in the third tier of the competiton, in Group C1.
Albania are the visitors, and the more modest opposition may allow Snodgrass a greater chance to shine. He will be hoping to get a chance from the start.
If he does, he will be looking to express himself and rebuild some confidence; away from the struggles at West Ham.
However, Scotland are in a similar, more prolonged downwards spiral right now; so he may well be in the wrong place for that much-needed respite. Time will tell, but it would be a major boost for both Snodgrass and Pellegrini if the wideman put in a strong performance.