West Bromwich Albion winger Robert Snodgrass appears to be edging closer to a return to first team football.
In recent comments cited by the Express & Star, Baggies manager Valerien Ismael revealed that the Scotland international was getting closer to a return to West Brom action following a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a recurring back injury, with the Frenchman claiming that the 33-year-old is “hungry” to reclaim a spot in his starting XI.
It would appear as if Snodgrass was eager to send his manager a message during a recent appearance for Albion’s under-23 side, scoring two goals in their 3-2 victory over Burnley on Monday evening.
The Championship fixture against Sheffield United on Wednesday may come slightly too soon for Snodgrass, but considering the Scot’s impressive performance for the under-23s, it would certainly not appear long before the winger is back in around the Baggies first team squad on a matchday.
With Ismael currently having no real natural options in the wide attacking areas of his side, the return of Snodgrass would certainly appear to be a huge boost for the Frenchman, who must be buzzing with the progress the 33-year-old is making.
Indeed, despite his advancing years, the former West Ham attacker proved during his last full season in east London that he had the ability to play an influential role in Albion’s hopeful promotion push this season.
Over his 24 Premier League appearances back in 2019/20, the £38k-per-week winger bagged five goals, provided five assists and created five big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 0.9 shots and making 1.4 key passes per game.
As such, a fully fit Snodgrass would very much appear to be an important player for a mid-table Premier League side, let alone one playing their football in the Championship, with his impending return undoubtedly delighting both Ismael and West Brom fans alike.