After scoring 7 goals and providing 3 assists in 20 appearances for Hull City during the first-half of the 2016/17 season, West Ham swooped in to secure the signature of Robert Snodgrass for a fee of £10.2 million.
The creative winger had established a glowing reputation for his performances at Hull, with his expertise from dead-ball situations standing out as one of his most distinctive qualities.
Snodgrass signed a three and a half year deal with the club as he joined Slaven Bilic at the London Stadium, and his arrival was greeted with delight by the supporters on Twitter.
Here’s a selection of the reaction following the club’s official transfer announcement…
better than Ozil
— Chazwazza (@westhamcharlie) January 27, 2017
— Culé J (@BarcaCracks) January 27, 2017
the Scottish Iniesta
— David Copsey (@DavidCopsey97) January 28, 2017
What a signing
— VP (@WinksSquare) January 27, 2017
the Scottish payet
— -Yahya (@Aubaccuracy) January 30, 2017
welcome to the family,,
— Tony martin (@Tonymar80856311) January 28, 2017
hopefully he's better than Payet
— cyka blyat (@nightxmared) January 27, 2017
Clearly, the supporters were absolutely thrilled with the mid-season deal after watching Snodgrass thrive with the Tigers, but the goal-scoring prowess which he flaunted in the first-half of the season rapidly became a distant memory.
Bilic deployed the Scotland international on both wings and through the centre in a number ten role, but Snodgrass failed to rediscover his goal-scoring touch in claret and blue.
The hype which initially surrounded his arrival was rapidly replaced by feelings of familiar disappointment, and his lacklustre opening to his career at West Ham forced him into a season-long loan at Aston Villa just over six months after he signed.
But under Manuel Pellegrini it appears that Snodgrass has a glimmer of hope of reinventing himself.
He has featured in all 8 of West Ham’s Premier League matches this season, starting three, and his tenacity has impressed the supporters.
With the likes of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko to compete with in wide positions Snodgrass cannot expect to be a regular starter, but over the course of the season he will certainly have a role to play.
The supporters had plenty of justification to be excited by Snodgrass’ arrival, but expectation has far from mirrored reality thus far.
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