Robert Snodgrass has told the Daily Record he wants to fight for a place in Steve Clarke’s Scotland side, but can the West Ham star force his way into his plans?
The creative winger hasn’t featured for Scotland since the 4-0 defeat to Belgium last year. He wasn’t picked for selection in Clarke’s maiden squad.
Clarke and Snodgrass have now had a chat according to the Record, with the winger seeming very keen to return to international action.
Can the West Ham star force his way back into the national side though?
West Ham winger Snodgrass’ class must feature for Scotland
In terms of technical ability, Snodgrass is one of the best options this country has. Whilst he isn’t incredibly quick, the 31-year-old can pick a pass at any range with ease.
He knows where the goal is too, having netted 91 times over his professional career. Manuel Pellegrini trusts him at West Ham too, having made 38 appearances last term for the Hammers.
To pass up on someone with the technical class Snodgrass has would be silly. He would perhaps need to reinvent himself though to make the Scotland starting XI.
James Forrest and Ryan Fraser are Scotland’s main wingers right now. Whilst he wouldn’t start in his natural right wing position due to their star quality and pacey traits, he could perhaps be of more use in attacking midfield.
It’s somewhere West Ham have deployed him already this season. With his brilliant passing ability and eye for goal, he could be of more using linking midfield to attack sitting behind the Scotland strikeforce.
Put midfield battlers in Scott McTominay, Callum McGregor or John McGinn behind him, he could flourish in the number ten role with little defensive responsibilities.
So should the Hammers star be reintroduced to the Scotland squad? Absolutely, he is far too good to leave out and is a potential gamechanger for Clarke if he can get him firing.