In the 2017 January transfer window, Robert Snodgrass joined West Ham on a three-and-a-half-year deal for a fee of £10.2 million.
After joining from Norwich City in 2014, Snodgrass had been a solid player for Hull City. He was a crucial member of the side that gained promotion in 2016 as he had a hand in 10 goals for the side.
He had his best year for the club in his final season as he scored seven goals while also picking up three assists. Allowing him to leave halfway through the season, was a deal that looked as though Hull City were preparing for relegation.
From West Ham’s perspective, the deal was a very wise and solid piece of business. He’s always been a solid player and although he may not be an outstanding player, he’s definitely one that looked like he could add some quality depth to West Ham.
Here’s what the fans had to say on his arrival in east-London…
the Scottish payet
— -Yahya (@Aubaccuracy) January 30, 2017
announce premier league title
— Alex (@Irons_Updates) January 27, 2017
— arnito (@ayanga13) January 28, 2017
— Whasisface (@Whasisface) January 27, 2017
better than Ozil
— Chazwazza (@westhamcharlie) January 27, 2017
the Scottish Iniesta
— David Copsey (@DavidCopsey97) January 28, 2017
It was a tough start to life for Snodgrass as he played 15 games in the second-half of the league season but failed to score a goal for the club. His form, however, was representative of a West Ham side that stuttered to a pretty poor finish. West Ham finished 12th in the league and at the end of the season, Snodgrass was told that he could leave the club.
The Scotland international was sent on loan to Aston Villa for the following season where he starred. He played 40 games for the club in the Championship and scored eight goals while also grabbing 13 assists as Villa came ever so close to earning promotion.
Due to that superb season on loan, Snodgrass was handed a lifeline by new boss Manuel Pellegrini over the summer and it seems as though that trust has paid off.
Over the last few weeks, Snodgrass has been one of the form players in the league as he has scored two goals and registered three assists in the last four games. He looks as though he’s going to be a key player for West Ham this season as the east London club searches for a top ten finish.
He may not have been a marquee signing for the club following the departure of Dimitri Payet but he’s certainly turned into a valuable player in Pellegrini’s side.