'It's as simple as that' - West Ham 2017 signing blasts Slaven Bilic for tactical decision
By Danny Wright
Aston Villa new boy Robert Snodgrass has wasted no time in pointing the finger at under-fire manager Slaven Bilic for failing to shine at West Ham.
Snodgrass, 29, only signed for the Irons in January 2017 after an impressive opening half season with Hull.
However after 15 appearances riddled with poor performances, the Scotland international has been shown the exit door at the London Stadium and has joined Championship Villa on a season-long loan deal.
Snodgrass is in the belief that Bilic failed to get the best out of him last season as he constantly took the tactical decision to play him out of position and out of his comfort zone, adding that it would have been a “simple” thing for him to fix.
“I think last season my quality was scoring goals and creating goals and I did that in the first part of the season (at Hull),” he said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
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“I went to West Ham and I had a manager that played me out of position. To be honest with you it was very tough to take.
“Sometimes, with the way you’ve been brought up, you try to just put your heart on your sleeve and play anywhere.
“To get the best out of any player you need to play him in his best position, it’s as simple as that.”
Snodgrass wasn’t named in any of West Ham’s matchday squads in the opening exchanges of this season and now Bilic is finding himself under intense pressure after splurging a lot of money in the transfer window only to lose the first few league matches.
Saturday’s 3-0 loss at newly promoted Newcastle could have been the final stay for the Irons’ chiefs with Sky Sports reporting that the Croatian managers’ position at the London Stadium is now under review.
In other West Ham news, the Irons have agreed a fee to sell this attacker on a permanent basis.