West Ham were unlucky to not come away with points against Tottenham last Saturday at the London Stadium.
They had a number of good chances, and were only kept out of the game by some brilliant saves by Spurs’ goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. What would have added insult to injury after that game was the news that winger Andriy Yarmolenko has been ruled out for six months with an achillies injury.
The Ukraine international looked to be coming into form for The Hammers before the devastating injury, and the club will now have to pick up the pieces without him. However, there are other players that have equally been impressive in recent weeks, and now the onus is on them to keep the team going forward, starting against Leicester this evening. One of those men is Robert Snodgrass.
The Scot made his fourth start of the season last Saturday against Spurs and put in a decent display. He was deployed as a central midfielder that day, alongside Mark Noble, but is equally adept as a winger. That versatility will be invaluable to manager Manuel Pellegrini today, and for the foreseeable future.
This means that the side will not need to experience too much of a shakeup. Snodgrass can occupy the flank, with Brazilian Felipe Anderson playing on the opposite side. Unfortunately Pellegrini does not have Pedro Obiang to call upon to partner Mark Noble, meaning in the short term Snodgrass may remain where he is, and the likes of Michail Antonio may fill in on the wing.
Nonetheless, it is the Scot’s positional versatility that will prove vital today, and for the months to come, to keep continuity in the team.