The fall out between West Bromwich Albion boss Valerien Ismael and midfielder Robert Snodgrass seems to be an isolated incident in terms of major issues, according to The Athletic’s Steve Madeley.
Reports emerged over the weekend suggesting that the 34-year-old was no longer part of Ismael’s plans and that the club would look to offload him in the upcoming transfer window.
Rumours have circled about a breakdown in the relationship between the Albion coach and Snodgrass, who was not named in the squad for Friday night’s 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest despite a lack of options in central midfield.
In his Q&A for The Athletic, Madeley has reported that it appears unlikely that Ismael’s relationship with the Scotsman can be repaired, particularly after his snub for the game against Forest.
He added: “In terms of major issues, Snodgrass does seem to be an isolated case.”
Snodgrass joined Albion back in January during Sam Allardyce’s tenure but has struggled to make much of an impact, not scoring a goal or providing an assist in his 15 senior appearances for the club.
He missed the first few months of the 2021/22 season due to injury but once back fully fit did seem like a player that Ismael trusted – starting four games in a row through late October and early November – but appears out of favour now.
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This is certainly a boost for Albion, as Madeley is a trusted source and appears to be suggesting that Ismael has not had any other major fallouts with other players in the squad.
Moving on Snodgrass makes sense if the West Brom boss does not see a place for him in his plans but it will leave them light on central midfield options.
Unrest has been growing amongst fans for some time now due to the poor run of results and the direct style of football Ismael plays not being the prettiest to watch but it’s important that the dressing room stays together.
Winning promotion out of the Championship is no easy task and things can fall apart quickly once the cracks begin to show.