“Quality” playe played her last game for West Brom, no future under Ismael


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Robert Snodgrass is set to leave championship giants West Brom in the January transfer window after what The Sun (November 28, page 59) describes as a “falling out” with Baggies boss Valerian Ismael.

You’re not asking Sherlock Holmes to tell you that something a little strange is going on at the Hawthorns.

Snodgrass started four straight league games for West Bromwich Albion ahead of the November international break, including a 3-0 win over Bristol City in which he formed an impressive deal with Jason Molumby; a partnership in equal parts elegance and equal parts aggressiveness.

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But when Albion visited Huddersfield Town last week, Snodgrass was nowhere to be found. He wasn’t even on the bench.

The story was the same as West Brom was held in back-to-back draws against Blackpool and Nottingham Forest.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Snodgrass is not injured. He just wasn’t selected.

Did Robert Snodgrass play his last game for West Brom?

“I picked the team, as usual,” Ismael said, when asked why the former star of West Ham, Norwich City, Leeds and Scotland stayed at home.

“I make the decision, the final decision, and that’s the situation at the minute. There is nothing more to say about the situation.

If West Brom supporters were hoping for an explanation, it looks like they will be disappointed that Ismael refuses to give anything away. The phrase “blood from a stone” comes to mind.

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And while Ismael has found himself under increasing pressure from West Brom supporters, a three-game winning streak in 10 games combined with rather dismal football doesn’t exactly make a happy fan base, it looks like Snodgrass will be heading for the door before the 46-year-old does.

According to The Sun, Snodgrass will be cleared to leave in January, with the 34-year-old no longer a part of Ismael’s plans.

That’s despite being one of the few players on the West Brom squad who can unlock a well-stocked defense. As recently as October, Ismael described Snodgrass as a “quality” operator, a potential match winner at this level.

The Baggies have only scored twice in their last six league games and have been linked with a mid-season swoop for Toulouse’s Rhys Healey.

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