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Snodgrass continues to show West Ham he’s in it for the long haul with good displays

PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 July 2018

West Ham United's Robert Snodgrass (pic: Dave Thompson/PA)

West Ham United's Robert Snodgrass (pic: Dave Thompson/PA)

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Scottish winger netted for Hammers in 3-1 friendly win over Aston Villa, who he was on loan to last season

It’s fair to say Robert Snodgrass’ first 18 months with West Ham United probably did not go as he envisioned when he joined from Hull City in January 2017.

After a dismal second half of the 2016/17 campaign with the Hammers, the Scotland international was shipped out on loan to Sky Bet Championship side Aston Villa.

Many expected the 30-year-old to depart the east Londoners permanently this summer upon returning from his stint with the Villains.

Snodgrass, though, has featured regularly throughout pre-season under new boss Manuel Pellegrini, hinting at a possible stay at the London Stadium.

On Wednesday, the Glasgow-born winger played the whole second half for West Ham in a friendly against Villa and netted the final goal in a 3-1 victory.

Snodgrass had been like with a possible return to Steve Bruce’s men had his time in east London been up.

But after impressing so far in pre-season, the former Leeds United man is now keen show why West Ham brought him in the first place.

“It’s great first and foremost to come back and see them, but I’m a West Ham player,” Snodgrass told the club website.

“I’ve loved my time here when I’ve been involved and playing, but obviously last year I went out and played games and bonded with the Aston Villa fans, staff and players and everyone around the city, so I appreciate them for that.

“For me, I want to try and get minutes and play in my position. I played on Wednesday and got a chance and it’s great to get a goal, but the performance in the first half was pleasing.

“In my first season and against Wycombe Wanderers, I was having shots cleared off the line and things, but I took my chance when it came and hopefully it’s the first of many.”

Snodgrass’ goal rounded out another strong pre-season display from the Hammers, with both Michail Antonio and Marko Arnautovic also on target.

And the Scottish winger says the east Londoners can be proud of their display in the midlands against Villa.

“Anybody watching that first half, and the second half in spells, would see us coming in off the line and the full-backs getting around. That’s exactly what the boss has brought to the table,” he added.

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