Will Robert Snodgrass be a success at Villa?

Much was expected of Robert Snodgrass when he joined West Ham United from Hull City in the January transfer window for £10.2 million. The Hammers needed a player of the Scotland international winger’s quality following the departure of Dimitri Payet back to Marseille. Things, though, did not turn out as expected.

The former Leeds United and Hull City winger was able to make only eight starts in the Premier League for West Ham last season. Snodgrass made seven substitute appearances for the Hammers, providing two assists in the process. Although many would have expected the London club to give the 29-year- old more time to prove himself at the London Stadium, the fact of the matter is that he has been sent out on loan to Aston Villa in the Championship.

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Snodgrass has joined Villa on loan for the 2017-18 season and will be aiming to establish himself as a key player in the Villans’ quest to win automatic promotion from the Championship. The former Livingston star may not have been a massive success in the Premier League, but the Scotland international winger knows the Championship inside out and knows what it takes to succeed in the division. The 29-year- old has been a success in the second tier of English football with Leeds, Norwich and Hull, and the Villa Park faithful should be optimistic about him.

The Villans’ start to the 2017-18 Championship campaign has not been great. Steve Bruce’s side have been able to pick up only five points from as many matches in the league, and questions are already being asked of the manager. That is certainly premature, but the signing of Snodgrass is going to ease the pressure on Bruce in the coming weeks and months. It is certainly worth taking a punt on Villa on Oddschecker finishing in the top six and above city- rivals Birmingham City, who have yet to recover from the defeat to Burton Albion and are sliding down the Championship table.

(Villa pick up a point away at Ashton Gate- Video)

The Scotland international is a very good and creative winger who will add pace and dynamism to the Villa attack. Given his failure to make an impact at West Ham in the second half of last season, the 29-year- old will also be determined to revive himself and get back to his old form. Bruce is a good manager who knows how to get the best out of players, and having worked with him at Hull, he will know what makes the winger tick.

West Ham, though, will be bitterly disappointed if Snodgrass succeeds at Villa and they struggle this season, just like they did in 2016-17. The Hammers have made a hugely disappointing start to the 2017-18 Premier League campaign and find themselves at the foot of the standings at the moment. Although the major issue for Slaven Bilic’s side this season has been at the back, Snodgrass would have been beneficial in adding more creativity in attack.

It is hard to judge a player based on six months, especially if those six months were in the second half of the season. The Scotland international had his pre-season at the Hammers and was in good shape before being shipped out on loan at Villa, and Bilic should have retained Snodgrass’s services for at least the first half of the 2017-18 campaign. True, West Ham signed Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City in the summer transfer window, but the 28-year- old Austria international winger is inconsistent and has also been sent off. With fitness concerns over Michail Antonio, Snodgrass’s presence would have added more depth to the team. Plus Snodgrass has been quoted saying that his preferred spot had been on the right wing, but Bilic bought him to play on the left, a position that he never quite was comfortable playing in.

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