One of the commendable decisions taken by Aston Villa last summer was to bring Robert Snodgrass on loan from the ranks of West Ham United. Snodgrass was struggling to make his presence felt in the Premier League after his move from Hull City in the January transfer window of 2017 and this was an opportunity he could not let go.
Under the tutelage of Steve Bruce, Aston Villa have been in decent touch in the Championship this season. The Villans are placed at the 4th spot in the league table with 79 points to their name from 43 games and are one of the favourites to clinch a promotion to the English top tier. In the process, Snodgrass has indeed played a crucial role.
The 30-year-old has smashed 7 goals and has plundered 14 assists in 38 league appearances and has jotted 2.3 key passes per game on an average. He has adjusted himself to the tactical nous of Bruce in a meticulous fashion and there is no denying that he has injected his attacking prowess in the final third more often than not.
His loan spell at the Villa Park is set to expire at the end of the season and it goes without saying that the Lions must be craving to sign him permanently in the summer. As per one of the latest reports by Birmingham Mail, the Hammers have slapped a price tag of £12million on his collar.
The Scottish international has imposed himself as a consistent threat down the right and has manoeuvred stupendous crosses on a regular basis. He has cut down on his wastefulness with the ball and makes better use of the opportunities he gets. Besides, his movements on and off the ball have been exemplary and aided by his vast experience, he has certainly added a lot of quality to Villa’s attack.
Bruce is familiar with Snodgrass, having worked with him during his managerial reign at Hull City and irrespective of whether Aston Villa get promoted or not, signing him on a permanent basis will be the right move. Also, Snodgrass’ time at the London Stadium has not gone according to plan and the player would like to keep the momentum going in a club where he will be given the freedom to express himself on a regular basis.
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