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Patience with Robert Snodgrass the key to West Ham’s excellent form

Patience with Robert Snodgrass the key to West Ham’s excellent form

Robert Snodgrass has been prolific in West Ham United’s recent run of success in the Premier League.

Four wins on the trot after a somewhat shaky start to life under the Manuel Pellegrini regime has seen the Hammers break into the top ten of the of the competition following a 2-0 win at Craven Cottage on Saturday evening.

But as much as players like Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez, Felipe Anderson and Michail Antonio have grabbed the headlines for the influence on the four consecutive wins, should the resilience of Snodgrass be admired and appreciated during these victories.

The 31-year-old has just about played on every side of the midfield and wing this season as Pellegrini has taken his time to find the suitable combinations for his team.

But since switching back to his accustomed right-wing position after missing the clash against Manchester City due to suspension, Snodgrass has grown and improved in every match for West Ham.

And he has had his name on the score-sheet, as well as the assist-sheet in the four-match winning run. Three assists in the matches against Newcastle United and Cardiff City were followed by goals against Crystal Palace and Fulham over the weekend.

His ability to cut back on the right-flank and whip a cross into the box with his left foot has made it difficult to defend against given the out-swing of the ball.

But in the greater scheme of the season has Snodgrass been one of the most consistent performers for the East London club. Pellegrini however has used him well and stuck his faith in the Scotsman to continue playing his natural game, despite the negative results of the club at a certain stage.

Snodgrass has been the one player that Pellegrini has been reliant on since the start of the season and has he featured in every single league match so far, apart from the one he missed against City.

Pellegrini appears to be especially impressed with his ability to do the basics well and not trying to force anything risky or fancy that might not come off.

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