After news of another Leeds academy player being wanted by the Premiership’s high and mighty, I thought I’d put the spotlight on the Leeds player that most of the Premiership should actually be after.
Robert Snodgrass, the 23-year old Scottish winger, has never been on to rush his career, he turned down Celtic to become a youngster with Livingston and at 19, turned down a trial with Barcelona, yes, THE F.C. Barcelona.
Even when he eventually made the move from ‘wee little’ Livingston, the then 21-year old chose a Leeds United side then languishing in League One.
Now in the Championship, there is little doubt that Snodgrass’ play on the right has been a major influence on the great start the Lilywhites have had on their return to the second tier.
The man with the funniest surname in British football is undoubtedly a very skilful and tricky winger but what sets him above and beyond what most of the Championship has to offer is his directness.
Snodgrass prefers to play on the right despite being left-footed so he can attack the goal as opposed to the full-back and although he doesn’t have the express pace of a Gareth Bale or Theo Walcott, there is no question in my mind that his quick feet, allied with the sort of acceleration that will give him that half-step on most defenders, will be more than enough for him to succeed at the next level.
Why Scotland boss, Craig Levein, overlooks him, is completely beyond me!
His style of play would be the perfect asset to direct teams, like Bolton, Blackburn or Stoke, who prefer to play their football in the other side’s half. Plus, being nigh-on six foot, he can more than handle himself aerial as these teams would want him to do.
If he could be acquired for around £5m, I would recommend him to pretty much half the clubs in the Prem, but if Leeds look like promotion contenders, don’t expect Snodgrass to be rushing out of the door.
He has never rushed before; don’t expect him to start now.