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Norwich City: Why Robert Snodgrass Must Stay at Carrow Road

PORTLAND, OR - JULY 24:  Robert Snodgrass #7 of Norwich City battles Ryan Miller #2 of the Portland Timbers  on July 24, 2013 at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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James KentContributor IIIJuly 29, 2013

Alan Nixon of the Sunday People recently reported that West Ham is lining up a £5 million offer for Robert Snodgrass. However, it’s highly unlikely that Norwich City would be prepared to sell. It is expected that Snodgrass will be seen as an integral part of Chris Hughton’s plans. He certainly enjoyed a very good debut season in the Premier League.

The former Leeds winger proved to be useful scoring goals and setting up opportunities. He showed excellent work rate. He also provided excellent delivery from set-piece opportunities, which proved to be a very useful route to goal for Norwich last season.

Improving the club’s attacking options has been a priority for the manager over this summer. New players have come in and should produce a decent amount of goals. But it’s important that they are supplied with the sort of service they can profit from.

That service is likely to be provided by Snodgrass, amongst other players.

It certainly would not make any sense for Hughton to cash in on the player only 12 months after signing him, unless he plans on picking up a better player from the transfer market. But Norwich has already spent a decent amount of money and probably won’t be prioritizing an additional winger at this stage. Remember the club has already acquired the services of Nathan Redmond.

Snodgrass himself probably wouldn’t jump at the chance of joining West Ham based on the fact that he wouldn’t see it as a career upgrade.

I have written throughout the summer about the need for the club to keep hold of their best players.

It was worrying when Chelsea bid for John Ruddy, but David McNally dealt with that situation in fine style, and I would expect a similar no-nonsense approach in this situation. Snodgrass is an important member of the squad, and I’m quite sure no offer will be entertained.

There would simply be no point in bringing in good players only to sell a very good player. That being said; I don’t think Norwich fans should be concerned about this speculation. And although there might be genuine interest from West Ham, I find it hard to believe that Norwich will be prepared to play ball.

This is a very good time to be a Canary fan. No longer does this great club need to be concerned about a prize asset being sold to a league rival. Norwich have been ambitious this summer and are putting together a very handy squad, and I’m quite sure keeping hold of the services of Robert Snodgrass will be seen as paramount to those plans.

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