Can Robert Snodgrass Keep Hull City Afloat?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on August 26, 2016
The 2016/17 Premier League season has just begun and all fans of the Premier League are beginning to identify each teams strengths and weaknesses. Whether it be key players, squad depth or the quality of players each team has a strength and a weakness. As a Hull City fan, my beloved side’s weaknesses have become apparent to all fans, the poor ownership, the abundance of first team injuries and a lack of a manager. However the strengths are coming to the surface as Hull City have had a dream start with the team gaining 6 points from 6, although it is only the beginning of a marathon of a season. It is clear that one of Hull’s biggest strengths is the the quality of Robert Snodgrass.
The career of Robert Snodgrass at the KCOM Stadium has been a roller coaster to say the least. The Glasgow born midfielder moved to Humberside from Norwich just prior to the beginning of the 2014/15 season, having been the spark on a dark season for Norwich City which saw the Canaries get relegated. Snodgrass signed for £8m and featured for Hull City competitively in a Europa League Qualifier against AS Trencin before he made his Premier League Hull City debut when tragedy struck. Around 60 minutes into the first game of the 2014/15 season when Hull were 1-0 up, Robert Snodgrass was then stretchered off with a dislocated kneecap. Snodgrass missed 16 months of action. Hull City were then relegated from the Premier League in that season and Snodgrass was brought back into the first team in October of the following season in the Championship.
As most fans have been reminded countless times by media and news outlets, Hull City have a very thin squad. On top of this the Hull side is not one of great quality and will struggle to compete against sides of better quality with a positive and attacking style of play. Due to this, Hull City will concede a lot of possession and will see the majority of the game in the oppositions favour. This means Hull will have to make the most of all the chances they get, especially set pieces. Robert Snodgrass is a real dead ball specialist and he will rack up a lot of assists if Hull are to make this season a successful one. Even this season alone, 2 of Hull’s 3 goals in the Premier League came from corners and the other goal, coincidentally, came from Snodgrass himself. Snodgrass is not only good for creating chances from set pieces but also for scoring them, memories of last season when Snodgrass scored a spectacular 90th minute winning 30 yard free kick against Wolves at the KCOM. Much more recently, on Tuesday night Snodgrass scored another free kick against Exeter in the EFL Cup which Hull City went on to win 3-1.
Premier League Experience
The Premier League was first graced with the magnificent Robert Snodgrass when he signed for Norwich City from Leeds United in July 2012 on a three year deal. He help guide the Canaries to an 11th place finish in the Premier League, he scored 6 goals and managed 6 assists in 37 league appearances. In the following season although he failed to keep Norwich afloat in the Premier League he managed to keep his assist talley consistent at 6. He also got an average rating of 7.13 and was awarded Norwich’s Player of the Season. He was then rewarded with a move to Hull City and the rest is history. Robert Snodgrass’ experience on top of his quality will be vital if Hull City were to stay up in the Premier League. As he knows what it’s like to be near the bottom of the Premier League his experience will be vital.
Players Who Will Benefit Snodgrass
In my opinion, the form of a midfielder who is needed to create chances is partially on the form of the players around him. Take Everton’s Ross Barkley for example, he is a very talented player but he is only in form when Romelu Lukaku is in form. There are a few players who’s form depends on Robert Snodgrass and vice versa.
There is no doubt to any Hull fan that Abel Hernandez will be Hull City’s main source of goals this season. He scored 20 goals last season and all bar a few were scored inside the box, so Snodgrass will be crucial to create chances for the Uruguayan. On the flip side of this, Hernandez will have to be at his best to reward Snodgrass’ fantastic passes. A partnership like this has potential to be fantastic and if the two were to hit the heights we all know they can, Hull City will be very impressive in front of goal.
Hull City’s current first team right back can either benefit massively or become a liability with Robert Snodgrass in the team. As all Hull City fans know, Elmohamady loves to get up the pitch. As last season he rarely played at right back due to the signing of Moses Odubajo, it is clear he is no longer the first choice in the right back position. So Elmohamady will start at the right back position after a season in different positions, due to the long term injury of Moses Odubajo. As Elmo loves to rush on from the full back position, he will leave a gaping hole for a make shift defence to deal with. Due to the fact that Snodgrass often cuts inside, Elmo is likely to take a chance and run in on the overlap. Hull City are likely to be caught on the counter often and exposed down the right side of Hull’s defence. However, if Elmohamady and Robert Snodgrass can form an understanding of when and when not to overlap then this may not be a problem.
So far in the season, Robert Snodgrass has showed he is up for the battle and his putting in wonderful performances in an amber and black shirt. However the season is a long one and Snodgrass will have to maintain his blistering start to the season if Hull were to upset the odds and stay in the Premier League.