Robert Snodgrass has found playing time limited so far this campaign, but after his first goal of the season on a rare West Ham start, he is ready for a challenging season.
The Scotsman, who has so far made just five appearances for Manuel Pellegrini’s side since the start of the campaign, scored the opening goal in the Hammers’ 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at the weekend.
Found in acres of space by Andriy Yarmolenko, the 32-year-old slotted the ball past Blades keeper Dean Henderson, scoring his first Premier League goal since December last year, as per Transfermarkt.
Much to the delight of Snodgrass, the winger opened up over his perceived lack of playing time and how he is ready to contribute in whatever way he can to West Ham’s potential top-six ambitions.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the former Scotland international stated, despite his age, he is in better shape than ever.
“I’m 32-years-old but I feel as fit as I’ve ever been, but it’s hard, it’s tough, and I want to come in and do my best for the team,” explained Snodgrass.
“I’m just happy to try and show them what I can do. It’s very frustrating watching. Every footballer will tell you he wants to play games.
“I played a lot of games last season but the manager has made some signings that he wants to play and I get that. I’m a team player and I’ve had to bide my time and try to take my opportunities when they come.
“I love it here. I love the supporters. I just want to put performances on like I did and I could have had two. I just want to try to contribute to the team and to the club. I’m just an honest pro who wants to get his head down and work hard.”
Indeed, if Pellegrini’s men are to build on the three league wins they’ve picked up so far this season, and turn their current form around, they’ll need every man, including Snodgrass, to pull together for the cause.
That Snodgrass feels fit can only be a good thing, particularly as the Hammers look to get back to winning ways.
The Hammers host Newcastle in their next Premier League outing, with the East London side desperate to bag their first win in four games.
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