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Manuel Pellegrini sends clear message to Robert Snodgrass to save West Ham career

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Manuel Pellegrini sends clear message to Robert Snodgrass to save West Ham career

After being shipped out last season, Robert Snodgrass has put himself back among Manuel Pellegrini’s options at West Ham and has now established a regular spot in the side, having started five of the last six games.

Discussing what caused the revival in the Scot’s West Ham career, the Chilean coach explained that a pre-season discussion was key to sparking a return to form.

“I spoke with Snodgrass at the beginning of the season. It depended on what he wanted and I gave him some demands about his work. He’s a great professional player who has the desire to be here,” Pellegrini explained, according to the club’s official website.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 03: Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham United during his Press Conference after Training at The London Stadium on December 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

The 31-year-old secured his first Premier League assist of the season against Newcastle United on Saturday and will now look to kick on and build on the opportunity presented by Andriy Yarmolenko’s absence.

 

Pellegrini appears to be unconvinced by the likes of Grady Diangana and Michail Antonio, making Snodgrass a valuable alternative for the Hammers to have.

Having looked to be sure to leave the club not so long ago, Snodgrass is now approaching what could be his most successful run of form since he moved to London and he must build on that consistency to aim for long-term success.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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