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Robert Snodgrass’ West Ham resurgence really has been something to behold

Robert Snodgrass’ West Ham resurgence really has been something to behold

West Ham supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side secure a fourth consecutive Premier League victory at the weekend.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men went into their encounter with bottom club Fulham having beaten Newcastle United, Cardiff City, and Crystal Palace in their preceding three league games, and thus seeking a fourth straight victory in the league for the first time since the Sam Allardyce era back in February 2014. And the East London outfit did just that as goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio powered the Hammers to a 2-0 success at Craven Cottage, thus lifting them to ninth place in the Premier League table.

As such, there have been many thrilled West Ham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be marvelling at the recent brilliance of winger Snodgrass, who is a far cry away from the player that struggled in his first few months at the London Stadium.

And following a loan spell at Championship side Aston Villa last season, the Scotland international didn’t appear to have much of a future at West Ham, only for new boss Pellegrini to back his man to produce the goods this season, in what has been a resurgence to really behold.

Ultimately, the 31-year-old made the move to East London back in January 2017 after impressing at fellow top-flight outfit Hull City, only for the winger to struggle to replicate that form at West Ham in failing to net in his 15 league games in the 2016/17 season.

And with former boss Slaven Bilic clearly unconvinced by the Scottish star, he shipped him out on loan to Villa for the entirety of last season to underline just how far down the pecking order he was at the London Stadium – yet what a genius call that is proving to be.

And that’s because Snodgrass rediscovered his best form during his stint at Villa Park with eight goals and 13 assists in 43 games for the Midlands giants, helping Steve Bruce’s side reach the Championship play-off final, only to lose to Fulham in the final at Wembley.

Yes, it took Snodgrass to drop down a division to find his best form in the final third, but what it importantly did was reignite his confidence, as he has since returned to West Ham the player the Hammers thought they signed from Hull almost two years ago.

The 31-year-old has bagged four goals and laid on seven assists in all competitions for Pellegrini’s side this term as they seek to build under the ex-Manchester City manager, two goals and three assists of which have come in his last four Premier League games to help the Hammers to four straight victories – clearly, he is now a lynchpin in Pellegrini’s team.

Yet that simply didn’t seem possible a matter of six months ago, what with West Ham spending big in the summer and Snodgrass on loan at Villa last season – a loan spell which appears to have done him the world of good.

And that’s because the £40,000-a-week star (as per Spotrac) is now the winger the Hammers signed from Hull back in 2017, with his resurgence very much having been something to behold.

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