When Robert Snodgrass was sent to Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal last season it appeared that his career at West Ham was dead and buried, but the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini has pulled him out of the woodwork and back into the first-team once again.
Snodgrass may lack the glamour and zest of the Hammers’ multi-million pound signing, Felipe Anderson, but he possesses a set of attributes which can undoubtedly help the club to achieve their ambitions this season.
That the 31-year-old winger has started ten of West Ham’s 16 Premier League fixtures this season suggests Pellegrini is a huge admirer, and his selection policy has largely been justified, especially in recent weeks.
Snodgrass provided three assists in the two league matches which preceded the weekend clash with Crystal Palace, and he extended his fine run of form by scoring a 48th minute equaliser.
Naturally, his first goal of the season stood out as his defining moment of the game, but Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp was eager to deliver a broader compliment on his achievements so far this season in his team of the week column, as published by the Daily Mail.
‘I’ve been impressed by Robert Snodgrass’s attitude since he returned to West Ham from his loan at Aston Villa, knuckling down in pre-season and forcing his way into the side.
‘His curling drive against Crystal Palace was superb but he is pipped to a place in my team of the week by team-mate Felipe Anderson.’
Snodgrass’s return to the fold at the London Stadium is a testament to his professionalism. After being carted out on loan to Villa last season he could easily have lost motivation to prove himself at the top level, but he has made a seamless transition from Championship to Premier League football under Pellegrini.
Snodgrass deserves huge credit for his revival, but Pellegrini is also due praise for providing the 26-cap Scotland international with the confidence and freedom from which to rediscover the form which earned him a move to West Ham in 2017.
And with Javier Hernandez also getting on the score sheet against Palace it seems that Pellegrini’s hard work on the training ground is beginning to bear fruit through the revival of two players who previously struggled for form under previous managers.
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