Valerien Ismael has revealed that Robert Snodgrass could be back in action for West Bromwich Albion in the not too distant future.
In recent comments cited by the Express & Star, the Frenchman claimed that the winger, who has featured just eight times since joining West Brom in January due to a persistent back injury, is desperate to get back to full fitness and fight for his place in the Albion first team.
The 45-year-old said: “He is very angry and very hungry. He is back in training and we are happy with where he is at. Snods is a really good guy with the right mentality.
“He has a massive desire to be part of the process. That is a great feeling because if you see him play, if you see him in training, you’d think he was 21 or 22 – a young lad.
“It’s refreshing, especially for the young players to learn from such a player. We now need to work with him, to get him fit and get him back to his level.
“But in terms of the mentality, the attitude, the commitment, the desire to be part of the process – that is number one. It’s just now a question of time to get him back to a good level of fitness and for him to have that feeling again he is ready.”
With Ismael lacking a considerable amount of depth in the wide attacking areas of his squad, something that has not been helped by the recent departure of Matheus Pereira, Snodgrass’ return to the first team would undoubtedly be a huge boost for the Frenchman.
While it is true the 33-year-old has not had much time to impress at The Hawthorns as a result of his injuries, it is clear from the winger’s time at West Ham United that he would be an extremely valuable asset in the Championship this season.
Indeed, over his 24 Premier League appearances in his last full season in east London, the £1.35m-rated man scored five goals, registered five assists and created five big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 0.9 shots and making 1.4 key passes per game.
As such, if Snodgrass can refind this form upon his eventual return to the Albion side, it will undoubtedly provide the club’s chances of securing an immediate return to the Premier League this season with a considerable boost.