According to trusted West Ham insider EXWHUEmployee, Robert Snodgrass is a loan target for Leeds United this summer. The Whites want to bring their former star back to Elland Road.
But EXWHUEmployee told listeners on The West Ham Way podcast (Thursday 20th June) that a deal was unlikely to go ahead. There are a couple of reasons behind this.
One of the factors is Snodgrass’ age. The 31-year-old is not at an age where he would benefit from a loan deal. And Leeds could be looking at younger options instead of the veteran, who turns 32 at the start of next season.
Also, West Ham are reluctant to loan Snodgrass out this summer. The Hammers would rather keep him or sell him, according to EXWHUEmployee. Leeds hold an interest in their former star, who scored 41 goals in 193 games there, but they might have to look elsewhere.
Robert Snodgrass: Loan, sell or keep?
Snodgrass joined West Ham from Hull City in January 2017 and failed to impress under Slaven Bilic. He spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Aston Villa and he returned to West Ham with an uncertain future.
But Manuel Pellegrini gave the Scotland international a chance to impress. And he took it with both hands, becoming a regular for West Ham.
Towards the end of the season, Snodgrass was used as a substitute more often than as a starter. But he is still an integral part of West Ham’s squad. He is popular and hardworking, plus he possesses an impressive left foot to make him a danger from set-pieces.
It seems daft to let him leave on loan so the club’s officials have got the right policy on this one. If the right offer comes in, West Ham should take it because he is entering his last few years as a player. But if a suitable bid is not received (which is the most likely case) then he is a good squad player to keep.