When you look at signings who would/could be achievable, interesting on Friday morning to see a usually credible source reporting that Newcastle have registered an interest in Robert Snodgrass.
The winger/attacking midfielder has regularly been linked with Newcastle and indeed before he moved to West Ham in January, it was heavily reported that Rafa Benitez had tried to sign him.
West Ham were struggling mid-season and spent significant money on experienced players such as Jose Fonte and £11m on Robert Snodgrass, to try and ensure there would be no relegation.
That second half of the Premier League season saw Snodgrass make only eight Premier League starts (seven off the bench), score no goals and only get two assists.
Hammers journalist Hugh Southon (also has his own Claret & Hugh site) says that West Ham are ready to now sell the January signing in order to recoup most of the money they spent in that last transfer window, as he hasn’t convinced that he will play a part in Slaven Bilic’s plans next season.
Hugh Southon says that the player is available for around £8m and that Newcastle are keen.
Signed by Hull from Norwich for £7m in summer 2014, Robert Snodgrass spent a whole season out injured with a knee injury.
However, after being relegated in his absence, the Scottish international helped Hull back into the Premier League with four goals and seven assists in 21 Championship starts (plus six off the bench) in 2015/16.
The season just gone saw Snodgrass Hull’s best player/hope as he scored seven Premier League goals and got three assists in only 19 starts (one off bench), only for Hull’s owners to take the £11m offered by West Ham in January with relegation looking a certainty.
With the job Silva ended up doing as Manager, you have to wonder if Robert Snodgrass had remained, whether that could have been enough to stay up?
In his time at Hull, he played a part in a remarkable 21 league goals (scoring 11 and 10 assists), despite starting only 40 Premier League and Championship matches.
To get the required players in this summer, Rafa Benitez was always going to have to make compromises somewhere, whether it is an injury record, players who don’t have loads of experience, or ones at the other end of the spectrum who aren’t going to have a big sell-on possibility.
Robert Snodgrass turns 30 in September and would prove a great signing in my opinion, he can play on either wing or behind the main striker and is a very busy hard working attacking player – a bit like Matt Ritchie but a bit more flair in being able to beat his man.
As well as his league goals at Hull last season before his failed move to West Ham, Snodgrass of course also scored the equaliser against Newcastle (see above) in the League Cup quarter-final after Sels spilled a soft shot, He also took the first penalty in the shoot out that saw the Magpies exit.
An interesting possibility and if Robert Snodgrass did sign, it would be further proof of Rafa’s ability to decide his own signings, whatever their age/experience.