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The Chalkboard: Snodgrass is a man rejuvenated at West Ham

Robert Snodgrass has been a man rejuvenated at West Ham United this season.

Manuel Pellegrini has placed his faith in the Scotland international on Monday night and Snodgrass played 90 minutes, capping what has already been an exceptional season.

On the chalkboard

Snodgrass had previously struggled to make his mark in east London.

Signed from Hull City in 2017, for a fee of £10.2million, Snodgrass spent the 2017-18 season on loan at Aston Villa.

It appeared for some time that he would remain with the Championship club but he has been given a new lease of life under Pellegrini.

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The Chilean has placed his faith in the 31-year-old, handing him 24 appearances in the Premier League, and he has scored two goals and provided three assists.

His selfless performance against Jurgen Klopp’s side, as he routinely dropped deep to create space for others, was one of his best of the season so far – he played four key passes and also had a pass completion rate of 83 per cent.

Emblematic of Pellegrini’s reign

Pellegrini has continually showed that he can improve players.

Lukasz Fabianski, in goal, is enjoying perhaps the best season of his career, Felipe Anderson has unlocked his potential to become a match-winner and Marko Arnautovic, before his flirtation with China, has proved that he is perhaps the best striker outside of the top six.

Snodgrass has been a major beneficiary too.

Under previous managers he may well have been sold on – he is 31 and there will be few opportunities to sell him on and receive a transfer fee.

But Pellegrini has kept the midfielder around and continues to reap the rewards of another smart decision in the dugout.

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