Noel Whelan claims that Robert Snodgrass needs to quit West Ham for the good of his career after becoming a backup player for Manuel Pellegrini.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United striker, who was playing at Livingston at the same time as the Scotland international, says that the 32-year-old may only have two more years of playing top-level football and that he should be featuring regularly than sitting on the bench.
Snodgrass made just his third start of the season in the Hammers’ shock League Cup defeat to Oxford United on Wednesday, Manuel Pellegrini’s side demolished 4-0 at the Kassam Stadium.
With the likes of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko ahead of Snodgrass in the pecking order, Whelan insists that a move away from the London Stadium, either to a top Championship or lower-level Premier League side, could give him the regular football he deserves.
Whelan told Football Insider: “There’s a possibility that he could (look for a new club). Manuel Pellegrini uses him every now and then but when you get to 32, you need to be playing week in, week out because age and the amount of football you play takes its toll on you.
“Sitting on the bench and just going through the motions is not good enough to keep your fitness levels up. I know Robert from my days at Livingston, absolutely great talent, Fantastic left foot, great lad to work with – everything about Snoddy is professional.
“At 32-years-of-age, you know your career’s going in the back end of it. Probably two years of good football within yourself, you’ve got to be playing regularly. He’s got something to offer at one of the top teams in the Championship, or a lower team in the Premier League.
“He needs to play week in, week out. He’s not a 21-year-old any more. You need to keep ticking over. He’s got so much more to offer and if that needs to be at another club, it needs to be at another club.”
Snodgrass has played 59 times for the Hammers since arriving in east London, finding himself sent on loan for a season to Aston Villa in the Championship back in 2018.
He is vastly experienced in the top two divisions of English football, with 140 Premier League and 144 Championship appearances under his belt.