West Ham United captain Mark Noble says Robert Snodgrass’ lively performance against Sheffield United should not have come as a surprise to anyone.
The former Scotland international scored against the Blades in the 1-1 draw and was unlucky not to finish the game with a brace.
It was only his second Premier League start of the season, with the 32-year-old having struggled recently with a calf injury.
His display against Sheffield United will surely see him picked by Manuel Pellegrini to face Newcastle United this weekend, and Noble has thrown his backing behind the star.
He said, as quoted by the club’s official website: “Snoddy was really good last week on his return to the team, but nobody should have been surprised by that.
“When he plays regularly, his hard work is taken for granted but, when he comes back in after a break, it seems to shock people. It shouldn’t. He’s a top player, he’s got loads of quality and he is capable of that sort of performance every week.”
TBR’s view – Snodgrass can drag struggling West Ham up
West Ham’s form has really taken a hit of late, but a player like Snodgrass can really help them get back on track.
The workhorse – a £10.2 million signing from Hull City in 2017 (BBC Sport) – is a leader and the Irons needs as many of those in their team as possible right now amid some concerning form.
Certainly, the likes of Pablo Fornals and Felipe Anderson have been underperforming in recent weeks, and so dependable Snodgrass has to play.