West Brom travelled to West Ham United on Tuesday evening looking to build on their fantastic victory in the Black Country derby.
Sam Allardyce made two changes to his side, bringing back Conor Gallagher and Sam Johnstone after they were absent at Molineux.
Surprisingly, it was Robert Snodgrass who missed out despite having a stunning debut in that 3-2 win at Wolves.
Reliable journalist Joseph Masi explained his absence on his personal Twitter account before kick-off, and it appears as though it was part of his exit from the London Stadium.
“So the good news is Sam Johnstone is back in goal,” he wrote. “No Robert Snodgrass tonight.
“I understand that is due to an agreement the Hammers struck prior to his move to The Hawthorns.”
So the good news is Sam Johnstone is back in goal. No Robert Snodgrass tonight. I understand that is due to an agreement the Hammers struck prior to his move to The Hawthorns. #wba
— Joseph Masi (@JosephMasi_Star) January 19, 2021
The good news is that it isn’t an injury.
This one has made us scratch our heads though, this is a clause we haven’t heard before and seems quite ludicrous for the Irons to have suggested it, and even worst that the Baggies agreed too it.
It could have been that West Ham agreed to cut Snodgrass’ contract short at the London Stadium so that the Baggies could complete his move on a free deal.
Snodgrass was superb at Wolves and would have been guaranteed a start against his former side tonight if it wasn’t for this clause.
Masi shared a further update minutes later, claiming that Slaven Bilic could have signed the Scotsman in the summer making him available for both games with West Ham.
Instead, he chose to sign Filip Krovinovic – potentially the worst piece of business we have ever seen at The Hawthorns looking back.
In other West Brom news, Jeff Stelling predicts result of Premier League clash v West Ham