West Ham United's Robert Snodgrass discusses 'terrific' Aston Villa loan stint

Robert Snodgrass of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on January 1, 2018 in...

The Hammers winger impressed on loan at Villa Park in 2017-18 and returned to the London Stadium "strong and mentally ready".

Robert Snodgrass of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on January 1, 2018 in...

Scotland international Robert Snodgrass has credited his loan spell at Aston Villa with giving him the confidence to succeed at West Ham United following a lukewarm start to his career at the London Stadium, in conversation with Football London.

The 31-year-old joined the Hammers in January 2017 from Hull City on a three-and-a-half-year deal for a fee of £10.2million, as reported by BBC Sport, but six months later it looked as though he would soon be out of the door after being frozen out by Slaven Bilic.

 

In August 2017, Snodgrass made the temporary switch to Villa Park and had a fruitful time in the West Midlands, scoring eight goals and claiming 13 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt), and helping the club to the 2017-18 Championship playoff final.

Last summer, with Manuel Pellegrini having taken the reins at West Ham, Snodgrass was given a chance to prove himself and, one year on, he impressed the coaches so much that he was offered - and duly signed - a one-year contract extension with the club until the summer of 2021 (official website).

Robert Snodgrass of Aston Villa shoots at goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

"One thing I didn't have was a fair crack at it which I don't feel like I did in that first six months with West Ham," he told Football London. "It was because the move happened quick, I didn't have my family, my kids around, then when I was settled and clubs came in for me on loan, the club were for it and I was like ' let's go' and it was one of the best years of my life at Aston Villa.

"It was all new to me, being on loan. The fans, the teammates, I had a terrific time and we were only one game away from what we wanted to achieve. I came back strong and mentally ready to try and show the fans what I was all about because I believe I didn't get a fair chance before."

Snodgrass, capped 26 times by Scotland, will have the chance to line up against Villa next season as West Ham travel to B6 on 16 September before hosting the Villans in East London on the final game of next season, on 17 May.

Villa player Roberts Snodgrass celebrates on the final whistle during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside...

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