While Valerien Ismael’s West Bromwich Albion side head into Tuesday night’s Championship fixture with an unbeaten record in the league, there have nevertheless been rumblings of discontent from the Baggies fanbase in recent weeks, as the Frenchman’s side have often found themselves struggling to break their opponents down.
Indeed, a dramatic 2-1 victory over Queen Park Rangers last Friday saw Albion get back to winning ways after three consecutive draws against Millwall, Derby County and Preston North End, however, Ismael’s side were trailing the visitors for 75 minutes in the fixture, with a late Karlan Grant brace seeing West Brom just about get over the line.
As such, while the league table is undeniably looking rather promising for the 45-year-old at present, with the Baggies currently sitting in second place, it would still seem as if the Frenchman could do with freshening things up in his attacking lineup for the trip to Cardiff City on Tuesday evening.
While it is true Albion have scored the joint third-most goals in the Championship so far this season, the majority of these strikes came towards the beginning of the club’s campaign, as, over West Brom’s five most recent fixtures, they have scored just five goals.
And, with a player who has previously demonstrated both an eye for goal and for an assist in the shape of Robert Snodgrass having sat on the Baggies bench for the majority of the season, it would seem a very wise move for Ismael to finally unleash the 34-year-old from the off against Cardiff.
While injury limited the amount of game time Snodgrass saw last season following his January move from West Ham United to The Hawthorns, the versatile winger nevertheless proved in his last full season at the London Stadium that he is a player who could solve West Brom’s current creative and goalscoring issues.
Indeed, over his 24 Premier League appearances back in the Hammers’ 2019/20 campaign, the £38k-per-week Scotland international 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.
These returns saw the man Ismael himself dubbed a “refreshing” player earn a highly impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.94, ranking him as West Ham’s sixth-best performer in the top flight of English football that season.
As such, given the chance in the West Brom starting XI on Tuesday night, should Snodgrass be able to replicate this form at the Cardiff City Stadium, he would undoubtedly be exactly the type of player that Albion are in need of at present – and, considering the way the last five fixtures have gone for the Baggies, playing the Scot must surely be worth a shot for the Frenchman.