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Robert Snodgrass is rising from the ashes

Robert Snodgrass is rising from the ashes

Robert Snodgrass isn’t really the player one expects big things from at West Ham United.

He doesn’t have the clinical ability of Marko Arnautovic, majestic touches like Manuel Lanzini or the kind of oozing charisma which makes Michael Antonio famous. But what works to his advantage is his old-school style.

Snodgrass has impressed Manuel Pellegrini with his work-rate and crossing ability to become a mainstay at West Ham. He’s been used as centre-midfielder, but operates ahead of Mark Noble and Declan Rice in the midfield three, a role he’s quickly becoming fond of.

The Scottish midfielder proved his ability with a fantastic performance against Fulham in the London Derby. Coming into the game winless in five, the Hammers needed a big win against their rivals. Snodgrass was clearly motivated by the derby atmosphere on a Friday night and was rewarded for his hard work and persistence.

He gave an astonishing performance for the Hammers, causing a lot of trouble with his amazing left-foot. After the Hammers went behind early in the game, he rallied them back with his set-pieces, which caused utter chaos in the box. Indeed, it was his corner which wiggled its way past everyone for the equalizer before he assisted Issa Diop’s header with perfect delivery.

Snodgrass was efficient after moving into the left-wing later on, almost assisting Arnautovic with a brilliant cross. Having created nine chances, recorded an 83% passing accuracy (stats via Fotmob) and willing West Ham forward throughout, Snodgrass proved that despite the stark competition, he isn’t moving out of the starting lineup.

With Manchester City up tonight, the former Leeds United ace – who was once criticised in being labelled ‘not exactly a triumph’ by Karren Brady in the Sun –  looks as if he’s finding his feet in claret and blue. In fact, he’s making Brady look really rather stupid indeed.

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