West Ham have been one of the Premier League’s busiest teams and, quite frankly, they needed to be after struggling desperately last season.
They escaped the threat of relegation with good form towards the end of the season but it could have been so different for the Hammers if they didn’t have influential players such as Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini.
Their defence was the joint worst in the league but for a side that finished 13th, West Ham had a reasonable amount of firepower up-front, even without absent loanee Robert Snodgrass, who is valued at £6.3 million on Transfermarkt.
Last season, Snodgrass was shipped out on-loan to Championship side Aston Villa, a move that showcased the very best of the winger’s ability. The 30-year-old provided the Villans with 7 goals and 13 assists across the Championship campaign, a record that was key in helping Villa get to the play-off final.
Having stayed put this summer, Robert Snodgrass may regret that decision when the season kicks off.
West Ham have splashed the cash on players that fill his position in the team if there was one. Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko are well-recognised names on the flanks and any chance Snodgrass had of finding a permanent role has now faded even further.
The Scotsman has reportedly impressed Manuel Pellegrini during the Hammers pre-season games but the 30-year-old could still have made the wrong decision as he is only likely to appear from the bench or in cup games.
At his age, regular football should be the most important thing for Snodgrass to worry about and his decision to stay at West Ham may not get him the desired game-time this season.
Are West Ham right to keep him or should Snodgrass have forced a move… Let us know!