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Snodgrass’ West Ham revival could be big for Pellegrini with Yarmolenko sidelined

Snodgrass’ West Ham revival could be big for Pellegrini with Yarmolenko sidelined

It was a bright attacking display from West Ham last time out in their 3-0 Premier League win over Newcastle United with both Javier Hernandez and Felipe Anderson grabbing goals on the day.

The latter, in particular, was very good when it came to West Ham attacks and probably should have ended the game with more than just one goal to his name.

But on top of Anderson, Robert Snodgrass also impressed coming in from the cold, and Manuel Pellegrini has since come out to sing the 31-year-old’s praises.

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“There were very few words that I spoke with him at the beginning of the season. I gave him some demands about his weight, about his work,” Pellegrini was quoted saying by TEAMtalk.

“I always found him a good player, just will depend on what he wants, if he had a spot here for the season. He’s a very professional player. He’s doing it very well because he had desire to be here.”

Snodgrass’ West Ham career has not gone to plan since arriving from Hull City back in 2017 with the Scotland international joining Aston Villa on loan last summer despite having only been at the London Stadium for just half a season prior.

However, under Pellegrini, £6.3m-rated (Transfermarkt) Snodgrass has finally managed to kick-start things at the east London club. The attacking midfielder set up Hernandez for the Hammers’ opener versus Newcastle with a delicious cross from the right-hand side, something supporters may start to see more often with Andriy Yarmolenko currently sidelined.

Compared to the Ukraine international, Snodgrass is not as quick or skilful. But in his absence, he certainly has something to offer the team.

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