Athletic journalist Steve Madeley is backing Robert Snodgrass to remain at West Brom next season even if the club is playing in the Championship.
Snodgrass joined Albion from West Ham in January and has so far made eight Premier League appearances for the Baggies.
The 33-year-old is yet to pick up a goal or an assist but Madeley is backing the experienced attacker to be a leader in the dressing room next season.
Madeley, speaking on The Athletic said, “In what could be a relatively young squad, the former Leeds, Norwich, Hull and West Ham midfielder has the experience and personality required to become a leader if the club is to challenge for an immediate return to the top flight.
“In his last taste of the Championship, during a 43-game loan stint with Aston Villa in 2017-18, Snodgrass played an influential role as Steve Bruce’s side got to the play-off final.
“The Scot will be four years older next season than he was then but the quality of his crosses and set-pieces should not be too diminished by the increase in age, meaning he could still provide an important supply line for Albion’s goalscorers.”
We will need experience if we are to return to the Premier League at the first attempt and Snodgrass has bags of that.
He was brought to the club to be a voice in the dressing room as well as bringing quality to the pitch and while he hasn’t quite managed to improve us on the pitch, he may have a presence in the dressing room.
We have a squad that has limited top-flight experience and one that doesn’t know the effort required to return to the top-flight at the first time of asking and that must be our aim next season.
With that in mind, Snodgrass could be a key man for us next year if his set-piece abilities don’t desert him.
We’d like to see him stay though we’d also like to see him get on the scoresheet before the end of the season just to make sure he still knows where the goal is.