Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is a big fan of Southampton’s Luke Shaw

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is a big fan of Southampton's Luke Shaw. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is a big fan of Southampton's Luke Shaw. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, March 14, 2014
7:00 AM

Robert Snodgrass will strive to get the upper hand against one of his hardest Premier League opponents this weekend when he lines up against Southampton and England prodigy Luke Shaw.

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Snodgrass believes the 18-year-old will go on to be one of England’s best full-backs, but the Norwich midfielder is unfazed by the personal battle in prospect at St Mary’s.

“He is a great talent. It will be a tough job for myself but I have played against him before and I will look forward to that challenge,” said Snodgrass. “He is one of the best I have faced, definitely. We were speaking about it after the England game the other day and he just looked as if he took to it like a duck to water. He didn’t look out of place. He was first class and he could develop into one of the best left-backs England have seen for many years.

“It is just the fact that he has the likes of Leighton Baines and Ashley Cole in front of him at the moment. It will be tough at this time to be a regular but if he keeps putting in those type of performances he will be fine.”

Snodgrass is confident Shaw’s time on the international stage will come, but this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil may be too early in his rapid development.

“That is a tough question but I don’t think I would take him because of the two in front of him,” said Snodgrass. “Maybe you could take him along to give him that experience, because he is still learning, but I would take Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines. Cole has the experience and the form Baines has been in for the last two or three years he deserves to go. Shaw looks like he has been playing for years. That is all credit to Southampton and their youth set-up. They have the young lad (Calum) Chambers on the other flank and what a player he is going to be as well.”

9 comments

  • As much as I spout on about Redmond playing on the correct side etc the same just cant apply to Snoddy. Hes always been a wrong footed right winger, whether its here, Leeds, Scotland, where ever. When he has played on the left, he simply does not have the pace to beat a man. Same on the right of course but at least then he can sometimes cut in. Personally I think Luke Shaw will have Snoddy in his back pocket. Really do like Shaw. Personally I feel the best way to test Shaw would be with RAW pace but hey ho, who am I to question Hughtons logic.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • now we not only have the manager but now our players 'bigging up' the opposition. getting in our excuses first!

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    malmocanary

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Sorry M333 are you telling us he was broken when we got him?

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    JMH

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Not so much broken as against certain types of Full back he can still bamboozle them but most decent Premier League Left backs know Snoddy only has one intent, cutting in. Just watch them, they are more than happy to show him down the line, as they know they have the pace to keep up with him and even if he does get the better of them he wont have a good enough right foot to cross effectively. Snoddy destroyed Championship defences because as we all know that quality gap is huge between PL and Championship. First season he was superb but alot of his positives were assists from set plays or goals from free kicks. This seasons they've vanished and low and behold everyone is moaning about him. Still down to motivation and man management for me. If you lose knowing you have given it your very best nobody complains (could name numerous times under past management). However when we lose under Hughton there is always a obvious issue or reason people are livid about. Thats what tells me there is an issue with the management.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • .....Looks as if Snodgrass has already been told he will be playing on Saturday....I wonder who he will choose to play in the team with him!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Perhaps Chrissie and Robert could have a Luke Shaw love in

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    B Inners

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Maybe if he played on the 'correct' wing he could avoid him! Just a thought...

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    JMH

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Matt, as much as I like your sincere observations, no way did Robert `destroy` Championship defences. He had his moments in L1, but not against Lambo`s Norwich.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • I saw Robert appear on the left, occasionally, when Chris Martin`s late goal proved to be the decider in the L1 promotion battle vs Leeds. Snods had been well hyped by the media, but he continually ran into blind alleys. Then, we had a manager with tactical acumen and a decent Captain in those days. Nothing`s changed in Robert`s play. But Chrissy loves Robert. So very much too much.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 14, 2014

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