Date: 13th March 2018 at 10:36am
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On loan West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass has said Steve Bruce knew exactly what he was getting from him when he signed him, but I think fans clearly misjudged his worth.

His arrival was mostly greeted by rightful good luck messages on Twitter and the occasional insult (I guess Hammers) questioning the number of moves he’s made of late and the fact the move to the London Stadium didn’t work out.

But we don’t need to go into West Ham’s ownership do we? They entertained us for year’s and now we’ve benefited from the Snoddy so they do serve a purpose!

It’s also fair to say amongst the well wishes there were doubters over both his age and the fact he was a loan signing.

The Fear
Thoughts on this loan move for Snodgrass? I’m a bit meh, not against, not really for. Not sure I see the point. Agree or can you educate me as to why this is a good move.

Nope, can’t tell you why it’s a good move. Can tell you why I think it’s a bad one.

As with all players reaching the 29 -30 mark its a case of is the desire still there? Speaking to Leeds fans they said he was a good player who always put a shift in so lets hope Bruce can get the best out of him. Lets put it this way I prefer it to the signings of Elmo & Whelan anyway.

Meh. Not sure where he’ll fit into the starting lineup and not sure he’s much of an improvement on what we already have. Certainly no worse than what we have though and Bruce has worked with him before so must think his attitude and personality are right, so I’m not against it. 5 out of 10 signing.

For balance, others were more convinced so one example.

Stephen Jay Hawkings
I think it’s a very good signing, and was surprised Prem teams weren’t in for him, especially the newly promoted ones. He’s always looked quality when I’ve seen him play for Norwich and Hull, and has a decent free-kick in his pocket.

Snodgrass is now set for his 33rd appearance for Villa, and the 30 year old has contributed seven goals of his own – and a nice fun fact we are yet to lose when Snoddy scores. In fact his seven goals have contributed to seven wins, so 21 points and that’s not even accounting for his ‘chances created’ tally or even direct ‘assists’.

In a few short months, his performances and efforts have made him a key player for Bruce and whilst he’s not yet ‘legend status’ he’s certainly in the realms of a ‘single season legend’ as he continues to impress and warm himself to fans and it’s not through tinted claret and blue glasses I say that as fans only need to look at the nominations he’s received and so on this year in the EFL/PFA Player of/Goal of votes.

Having gone from from a mixed doubt standpoint to the status he now holds amongst fans is a testament to the man himself – further proven by his response to Vital Villa’s Player of February vote.

The more I see of Snoddy, the more I like him. He cut Burton in half with his ball to Albert for the first goal. It was a peach. Express your manlove for Snoddy here.

The Sheffield Utd moment will live with me for a long time. For that I will be eternally grateful to him.

I honestly think 82% of people who post on vital are complete morons after the Player of the Month vote for January. How this guy didn’t win by a landslide is beyond me. Jack was good, so was Johnstone, but Snoddy was the difference! Hope we can keep him next season. WHEN we go up it will be vital to have players with Premiership experience but also players who are already settled.

Possibly the highest compliment possible.

Given time, I think we’ll see (dare I say it) a slight resemblance to Sid.

Snodgrass himself said of Bruce in the Birmingham Mail having worked together previously.

‘He knows what he`s getting, he signed me before and paid a lot of money for me. I had a great time at Hull and we got promotion. He understands that I respect him as a man first and foremost, he is top class. Players will run through a brick wall for him, he`s just got that hold over you, he has the traits of Ferguson in that he gets the best out of players. When I came here he was under a little bit of pressure, we were 18th at the time. I think you need to be behind the scenes to see how good he is. All the lads love him and respect him. But the one thing he wants is that you work hard for your team. And that`s one thing I`ve done since I`ve come here. He trusts you.’

Look out for part two later showing why he`s been such a great signing!


6 Replies to “Which Villa Player Reminds Fans Of Sid Cowans?”

  • He’s definitely made the difference since he came in. Finally, we are dangerous from set pieces, and his work rate is first class. Hope we can keep him, wherever we end up next season. Top player.

  • Snoddy was brilliant for Hull, Norwich and Leeds, the only place it didn’t work out was West Ham. Sometimes a player just doesn’t fit a club – we should be well aware of this as we’ve had plenty over the years. If we do get promoted I really hope we can g

  • snoddy has developed over his career and is possibly in the best form of his life,,,
    not only is he a proper player his personality and effort bring so much to a club,,
    it was a no brainer bringing him in and to be fair has showed one up the noses of hi

  • I simply didn’t know much about him really, as I said at the time, not for it, not against it, don’t really know!

  • In appearance (with that beard) and a lot more, he reminds me a bit of Sir Denis Mortimer.

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