When Robert Snodgrass arrived at Elland Road in 2008, nobody associated with Leeds United would have predicted just how big of an impact he would go on to have at the club.
Signed from Scottish side Livingston, the winger initially made a slow start to life in West Yorkshire as he struggled to hold on a position in the Whites’ starting eleven. However, following the turn of the year in League One, Snodgrass began to establish himself as a key player for his new side as they reached the play-offs under the guidance of Simon Grayson.
Yet despite entering their clash with Millwall as slight favourites, Leeds would suffer heartbreak in the knock-out competition for the second year in succession. Although this was a huge setback for the club, the following season saw the club exorcise their demons with Snodgrass playing a starring role in helping his side secure automatic promotion to the Championship. During a sensational year which included an FA Cup victory over Manchester United, the former Livingston ace scored 10 goals and provided 16 assists.
After an impressive 2010/11 campaign which saw Snodgrass make his international debut for Scotland, the winger produced arguably the best football of his career to date in 2012. Virtually unplayable throughout the entire season, the 31-year-old was involved in 28 goals in the second tier with his outstanding contributions resulting in him being named Leeds’ Player of the Year (via the club’s official website).
Despite picking up this accolade and being the Whites’ captain at the time, a failure to reach the play-offs saw Snodgrass leave the club to join Premier League side Norwich City where he enjoyed two fruitful years before moving on to Hull City in 2014.
Although his time with the Tigers was marred by a myriad of injury problems, the winger made a resurgent return to action in 2016 as a stunning run of form caught the attention of West Ham United who convinced him to move to the London Stadium in a £10.2m deal in the January transfer window (via BBC Sport).
Since joining the Irons, Snodgrass has only managed to display his undeniable talent on a sporadic basis with the likes of Felipe Anderson and Michail Antonio being preferred by Manuel Pellegrini this season.
If the former Norwich ace is made available for transfer in the summer, Leeds should consider bringing him back to Elland Road regardless of what division they find themselves in, especially when you consider how effective he was on loan at Aston Villa last season.
An ideal replacement for Manchester City loanee Jack Harrison, Snodgrass could provide the likes of Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford with a whole host of chances next year if he manages to stay fit as when at his very best, he is still one of the most dangerous players in English football.
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