Fanview: 6 Reasons Why Robert Snodgrass Is a Great Signing for Aston Villa

Robert Snodgrass became Aston Villa's seventh signing of the season, after joining on loan from West Ham earlier this week.


The former Leeds and Hull man follows John Terry, Ahmed Elmohammady, Glenn Whelan, Chris Samba, Sam Johnstone and Josh Onomah into Villa Park.

 

Yet, arguably the Scot could prove to be Steve Bruce's most valuable acquisition this summer, and here's six reasons why.

1. Championship Experience

Snodgrass adds a wealth of Championship experience to the Villa ranks, having played for Leeds and Hull at that level.

 

The Scot's superb performances for Leeds earned him a move to Norwich in 2012, and three years later played in Hull City's promotion season.

 

All in all, Snodgrass has played 106 games in the Championship, more than most players in the Villa squad.

2. Scores Goals

In the first half of last season Snodgrass was potent in a Hull shirt and he scored an impressive seven goals in 20 league games prior to his move to West Ham.


The 29-year-old has also scored goals on a regular basis in the Championship, and has registered 23 goals in three season in England's second tier.

 

In the absence of Jonathan Kodjia, Villa have struggled to score goals and need to find players capable of hitting the back of the net.

3. Adds Creativity and Assists

As well as scoring goals, Villa have struggled to create chances in recent years.

 

Snodgrass will undoubtedly add the ability to find that defence-splitting pass,and can produce pin-point crosses.

 

Last season in the Premier League he was credited with five assists, something Steve Bruce will hope he bring to Villa Park.

4. Free Kick Specialist

Since the sale of Leandro Bacuna earlier this month Villa have lacked a real expert at free kicks.

 

Snodgrass is a dead ball specialist who has the ability to shoot and cross from free kicks.

 

The winger will also be useful from right-sided set pieces and can produce some in-swinging corners.

5. Knows Steve Bruce

Snodgrass worked with Steve Bruce at Hull City and therefore knows the manager's tactics.

 

That means the Scotland international will fit in seamlessly to the Villa side and won't have to adapt to new coach's style of play.

 

Snodgrass will also know exactly what Bruce wants from his wingers and how he expects them to operate.

6. Cover in Wide Midfield

With Jack Grealish ruled out for the next few months and Leandro Bacuna recently leaving Villa, the side were left short of cover in wide midfield areas.

 

In fact, the club were only left with three fit natural wingers in Albert Adomah, Andre Green and Ahmed Elmohamady.

 

Snodgrass's introduction means Bruce has the option to rotate his wingers, something which is vital in the Championship.

Six reasons why Robert Snodgrass is a great signing for Aston Villa.

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