After being rumoured for a number of days, Aston Villa made it official this afternoon, West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass has agreed to join the club on a season-long loan.
With this loan-move to Villa, 29-year-old Scottish winger joins forces with his former manager at Hull City, Steve Bruce.
When Hull City achieved promotion under Bruce in the 2015/16 campaign, Snodgrass played a crucial role when he was healthy.
In that time, he made twenty-nine appearances in all competitions. Playing both on the right and left wing as well as an attacking midfielder, the versatile Snodgrass netted five goals while assisting on six Hull goals.
The following season in the Premier League, he had seven goals and one assist in only twenty appearances at Hull City. That performance earned him a transfer to the larger West Ham for roughly £10 million.
At West Ham his form faltered a bit. As our Robb Jones pointed out, in a previous interview, Snodgrass said the he feels his best position is on the right flank and Slaven Bilić was playing him out of position.
With Aston Villa hoping to achieve promotion this season, Snodgrass adds even more depth to an already experienced midfield. It will be interesting to see whether or not the Scot is favoured in his preferred position while on-loan.
However, the Scottish international has already said in the club’s official press release:
“Seeing it [Aston Villa] in the Championship doesn’t look right. I want to be part of that journey back up to the Premier League. I am raring to go.”
With such quotes and his previous exploits, it is no surprise that the move seems to largely be winning plaudits amongst supporters.
If Villa’s new no. 7 can play a key role in another promotion to the Premier League for Steve Bruce, the move might just become permanent.