Robert Snodgrass’ move from Norwich City to Hull – business that most would agree with
12:14 02 July 2014
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.
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.