Reports from the Birmingham Mail have revealed that Aston Villa new boy Robert Snodgrass has claimed that the reason he didn’t succeed at West Ham was his bad relationship with Slaven Bilic.
Snodgrass joined Steve Bruce’s side last week on a season-long loan with the option to buy after a tough time at the Hammers whom he only joined in January of this year.
The Scot claimed that his relationship with West Ham boss Slaven Bilic deteriorated due to the Croatian insisting on playing him out on the left, whereas Snodgrass prefers to play on the right or as a number 10.
The midfielder said to the Birmingham Mail:
“I think last season my quality was scoring goals and creating goals and I did that in the first part of the season (at Hull),”
“I went to West Ham and I had a manager that played me out of position. To be honest with you it was very tough to take.
“I spoke to the manager there (West Ham) and said to him, ‘You wanted me to try and replace Payet, it’s not my position’.
“I couldn’t have made that any more clear. When I spoke to him this season I said ‘I need to play my position, I need a run of games in my position’.
Snodgrass, now 29-years-old, is set to make his Villa debut when Brentford make their way to Villa Park after the international break on September 9th.
It is understandable that being played out of position can affect a player’s form.
Steve Bruce and Villa fans alike will be hoping that is the reason why Snodgrass didn’t look great during his West Ham days.
The player himself has put himself in a tough position now because if he doesn’t perform when he eventually gets back out wide to the right or in the middle, then he will be seen as ‘past it’ and Villa probably won’t take up the option to buy.
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