Former Leeds player Robert Snodgrass could be making a return to the club this summer, according to West Ham insider @exwhuemployee, who was speaking on The West Ham Way podcast (June 20).
Leeds have been in search for a right-winger all summer long and the Scotland international is thought to be yet another loan target of the club.
It would be a surprise move as Snodgrass cemented his place in the West Ham first team last season, only missing five games in the Premier League and with only a year left on his contract if he was to leave it would likely be for a decent fee rather than a loan.
However, Leeds owner Radrizzani has said that the transfer strategy this year will focus on Premier League loans, and if they miss out on Helder Costa, Snodgrass could be the player they turn to.
It would be a move welcomed by the Leeds faithful. He was a big fan favourite on Elland road between 2008-2012. He made 187 appearances for the club, scoring 41 goals and assisting 40 as he helped win promotion from League One in 2010.
However, if Leeds did manage to bring the 31-year-old back to West Yorkshire, would it be a good signing?
Here’s our writers’ thoughts on the deal…
“I can see this being a good signing for Leeds.
“They have been linked with a number of wingers in the summer transfer window without any luck, but Snodgrass could be different.
“Having spent several years with Leeds earlier in his career, he may well be tempted to make the move back to Elland Road, and he would be able to bring some extra top flight pedigree to the club as they look to push for promotion to the Premier League next season.
“With Sondgrass entering the final season of his contract at West Ham, the club may well be tempted to let the 31-year-old go in the summer in order to ensure they get a fee for him, although given he was a reasonably regular feature for The Hammers last season, they may be ready to put up a fight to keep him.”
“This is a surprising one, and it just doesn’t add up for me.
“Snodgrass had a strong spell at Leeds earlier on in his career, which may have played a part in these rumours. However, I just don’t think he fits in the current regime at Elland Road.
“Bielsa tends to prefer young players who are hungry to prove themselves, whereas Snodgrass is some way off fitting that description.
“He also lacks the pace and athleticism to fit into Bielsa’s high-energy system, so I just can’t see this move being anything more than speculation.”
“This would be a brilliant signing, it would really galvanise the Leeds fans and create a buzz ahead of the new season that the club has one ambition: promotion.
“Snodgrass may not be a Bielsa player, he lacks the pace and dynamism, but he makes up for that with his work rate and brilliant technique.
“Leeds lack a set-piece specialist of his ilk and therefore he would add something different to the Leeds attack, and create a new threat for them. That is what Leeds are in need of as they were too predictable at times last season and in close games a goal from a corner would prove crucial.
“Snodgrass is Premier League quality still, he showed that last season and in his loan spell at Aston Villa he proved way too good for the Championship. Leeds should make him a priority even above Helder Costa.