Robert Snodgrass’ move from Norwich City to Hull – business that most would agree with

Robert Snodgrass completes his move back to the Premier League, from Norwich City to Hull, for £7m-plus. Robert Snodgrass completes his move back to the Premier League, from Norwich City to Hull, for £7m-plus.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
12:14 PM

So Robert Snodgrass is officially a Hull City player. The Canaries’ player of the season last term, with just a year left on his current deal, will have earned City an impressive transfer figure of between £7m and £8m with his move to the KC Stadium and the delights of Humberside.

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And in something completely at odds with most of Snodgrass’ time in a Norwich shirt, the move – certainly the fee – seems to have been given a unanimous welcome.

Because the fact is, Snodgrass’ time at Norwich has been short of much that was particularly unanimous. As a key player for City’s last two managers, supporters’ opinion always seemed to be divided.

Snodgrass was charged with being chief set-piece deliver.

He could swing in free-kicks destined for the top corner or crosses begging to be knocked in.

Or they could end up in the wall – be it one man or seven.

As a character he always wanted that responsibility, whether or not it proved to be the right thing to do.

Taking the early penalty at home to Aston Villa off the hands of a then-goalscoring Ricky van Wolfswinkel – and missing – was possibly the biggest ‘what if’ moment of the entire relegation campaign. And the goalless draw at home to Newcastle underlined a combustible existence. Fall-out with the Snakepit was followed by impressive humility to make all well again before things got out of hand.

The debate over whether Snodgrass’ style and speed of play helped or hindered City’s cause is one thing. But there should be no doubt over his character – the one big miss if he does leave.

You always knew Snodgrass would dig in and drive his team-mates on. When he wasn’t shouting at them, he was geeing them up.

It’s a quality City would have dearly loved in the Championship next season – and the initial price tag of £10m handed to Hull pointed to the club’s desire to keep their enigmatic number seven.

But given his end of season award at Carrow Road, his title as Scottish football’s international player of the year and that dollop of quality, which often helped City more than it hindered, there should be little surprise it’s Snodgrass who has become the first player City have reluctantly sold in five years.

No one will argue with the fee – but as always, it’s now more about how you go and spend it. So over to you, Norwich City.

4 comments

  • He looks delighted with his move.....

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    Crazy

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I can assure you that if he bags us 7 goals and wins player of the season, we will not be blaming him if we we're to suffer the same fate as you tweety pies. Sounds like you built your team around one creative player, we now have plenty of options going forward aswell as a pretty solid defence. I for one and many of my fellow city mates have admired snodds skills since his days at Leeds, we now welcome him to the club with open arms

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    James Corbin

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • …..or over to you Hull City!...They have just invested over £2m per annum on Robert Snodgrass with a 3year contact!...If he has the same influence with their success as he had with us, they will also be wanting to get rid.... In June 2016 he will have 1year left on his contact and if he hangs around for another 12mths he will be worth NIL to them....They could easily find themselves in the Championship, with a squad of disgruntled players!...Well Done City in this transfer business....Just a matter of putting the house further in order with the sale of 2 of our expensive striking force!....By the way Mr Mike Bailey! ..Your editor soon removed this story from prominence!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Maybe im bored, maybe im over thinking or maybe im just excited about the new season but I get the impression Adams will be aiming to follow the example of most clubs and go with an attacking 4-3-3. Grabban being given the no 7 shirt suggests he 'could' feature in a role hes played previously in being the right hand side attacking forward. I'd assume Redmond would be the other side as the attacking Left winger. Lafferty being the target man typical no9. While this isn't what i'd personally choose as a starting xi I got this feeling Adams is shaping it up to be GK:Ruddy, DL:Olsson (or a new LB if Olsson leaves - vacant no3 shirt), DR: Whittaker, DC Turner + DC: Martin or Bennett, MC: Fer, MC: Howson, MC: Johnson or Tettey, Left Forward: Redmond, Right Forward: Grabban, ST: Lafferty. That of course leaves no Hooper, Hoolahan & RVW. Still think Adams wants rid of RVW & I assume Hooper will be subject of a bid from QPR. Wes will face sa,e issue as last season if we play the mentioned shape. Of course this is only how I think Adams is looking to shape us up based on who we have in the squad currently and how he played with the Academy. Still think we will need more depth to the team in Defence & Midfield. All depends whose still to leave as well.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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