Robert Snodgrass has insisted he never once doubted his ability despite his move to West Ham United not working out.
The Scotland international excelled at Hull City which saw him earn a £10m move to the Hammers but he struggled to replicate that form for the Londoners.
Then, after a relatively slow start to his Villa career, many were wondering if Snodgrass was worth a place in the team. However, he has fought back and has established himself as a key man for Steve Bruce’s side.
And, speaking to the Express & Star, the former Leeds man revealed he was always confident he would come good.
“People forget the first part of last season I scored nine goals in the Premier League. Then you get a £10million move, things don’t work out and it is like ‘he can’t do it’. But you don’t become a bad player overnight. You just need to keep believing.”
Snodgrass, who worked with Bruce at Hull, believes the staff deserve huge credit for how Villa have turned things round in recent weeks.
“They have got us playing with an organisation. You can have the best players in the world but if they are not working hard, what is the point? We’ve got the right characters here.”
You have to credit Snodgrass for the way he has proven all his doubters wrong over recent months as he is now essential to the Villa team.
He is weighing in with goals and assists and will be crucial to their hopes of finishing in the top two.
Steve Bruce also deserves praise for getting the best out of the player again and everyone connected with Villa will hope this continues until May.
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