West Brom made their first signing of the Sam Allardyce era last week, bringing in versatile midfielder Robert Snodgrass on an 18-month contract.
The 33-year-old was free to leave West Ham as David Moyes couldn’t guarantee him regular playing time – indeed, the Scotsman had been restricted to just two minutes of Premier League action this season.
Snodgrass arrives vastly-experienced having featured 163 times in the top-flight throughout his career, which is exactly what Big Sam will want in his bid for survival.
Over the course of his lengthy career, the veteran has primarily been deployed as a right-winger but has also played through the middle as a no.10 and a lot deeper as a central midfielder.
His impact in the changing room alone will be worth whatever wages he’ll be on, you can’t imagine that he’s taken much of a decrease from his reported £40k-per-week salary at the London Stadium – if any.
“He’s a buoyant personality and he’s got positivity within him. He’s a good member of the dressing room. He doesn’t harm anybody in the dressing room and tries to help everybody.
“He’s got crossing ability and is good at either creating or scoring goals. But he’s a team person and a team player. He will give lots for the team and the club and he’s a good guy. A positive signing,” claimed Colin Calderwood, his former coach at Norwich and Villa to The Athletic.
Snodgrass very much seems in the mould of a Baggies great in Zoltan Gera – in his second spell at the Hawthorns, he arrived as a winger aged 32, one that could also play in an array of midfield positions.
Despite all of his advancing years, he went onto become an Albion legend and clearly, Snodgrass has the potential to follow the very same path – after all, Hammers fans were gutted to lose him despite his complete non-appearance on the pitch this season – that speaks volumes.
Paul Robinson emphasised his dressing room presence Football Insider, dubbing him a “huge character” who is a “smart signing,” whilst Dean Windass told Football FanCast exclusively that he’s still “got that quality” to play at an elite level.
He did not feature in the Baggies’ embarrassing FA Cup exit over the weekend, though he will surely be involved for the Black County derby this Saturday lunchtime.
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