West Brom training ground bust-up between Ismael and Snodgrass mooted by pundit
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Valerien Ismael and Robert Snodgrass may have had a behind-the-scenes bust-up at West Brom, according to Kevin Phillips.
Snodgrass, 34, had started and completed 90 minutes in the four matches leading up to the international break but has been left out of the two games since against Huddersfield and Blackpool.
After the 0-0 draw at Bloomfield Road, Ismael was quoted by the Birmingham Mail as refusing to say why Snodgrass wasn’t in the squad despite it being confirmed he wasn’t injured.
It has sparked speculation of a falling out at the Baggies and that’s something Phillips also believes may have happened.
Speaking to West Brom News, Super Kev said: “It is strange because he only started a couple of weeks ago when he came back from injury.
“From the outside looking in, there may have been an issue on the training ground.
“When things start to not go their way, senior players do ask questions and it’s natural. They start to question things on the training ground and I don’t really know Snodgrass, I’ve only met him once, but it looks like he’s got an opinion and he should have because he’s been around a long time.
“Maybe he’s questioned things and Ismael doesn’t like it so maybe there’s a bit of tension there. Him not being in the squad at all suggests to me there’s been a fall-out.
“If there’s not an injury there may be some tension there and it showed in the performances that not everything is rosy. There are a few issues and murmurs from the crowd also so let’s hope they can deal with it, nip it in the bud and get back to winning ways.”
West Brom fans have grown more and more unsettled in recent weeks with Albion’s chances of a top-two finish in the Championship fading before December.
Ismael’s boring and predictable style of play, formation, team selection and in-game management has left fans worried that this season’s promotion bid is falling apart and it wouldn’t be a shock if Snodgrass had raised issue with that too.
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