West Ham have now won two consecutive league matches for the first time since January 2017, and the resurgence of Robert Snodgrass is a major reason why.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side breezed past Cardiff on Tuesday night courtesy of a brace from summer signing Lucas Perez.
Perez now joins the likes of Issa Diop and Felipe Anderson in making a real positive influence since joining in the summer, but it’s not one of Pellegrini’s signings that has really been the star of the show this week.
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Snodgrass grabbed two assists in the 3-1 win over Cardiff, just three days after setting up one of Javier Hernandez’s goals at St. James’ Park with a delicious cross.
The Scottish international has taken plenty of stick since he joined the Hammers under Slaven Bilic, but his creativity from the wing has been crucial to the recent wins.
The 31 year-old was very alert to provide a cheeky assist for Perez’s opener on Tuesday, and his corner delivery made it easy for Michail Antonio to glance home the third.
As well as his two assists, he whipping in a remarkable ten crosses and also provided six key passes. To put those numbers in perspective, no other player on the pitch had more than four crosses or three key passes.
Snodgrass’ ability to constantly whip balls into the box from the right wing poses a dangerous threat, especially when the unpredictable Felipe Anderson is tearing defenders apart on the opposite wing.
While Andriy Yarmolenko’s injury was a huge setback, it has opened the door for Snodgrass, and the contrast between he and Anderson is creating a dangerous duo that defences simply can’t deal with.
The constant threat of Snodgrass cutting inside and finding open men in the box is opening up more space for Anderson, allowing the Brazilian to unleash his devilish bag of tricks on a more consistent basis.
So, West Ham fans, are you happy with Snodgrass’ recent form? Does he have a future at the club? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…