Moving Target

Can Robert Snodgrass’ set pieces turn him into a viable FPL asset for West Brom?

Robert Snodgrass (£5.7m) became Sam Allardyce’s first signing as West Bromwich Albion manager last week, signing on an 18-month deal.

Will he help transform his new team’s fortunes and become a viable Fantasy Premier League asset in the process?

We’ve run the rule over the former Norwich City and Hull man to find out.

The midfielder had been largely frozen out of the team at West Ham this season, making four substitute appearances in the Premier League for a grand total of four minutes.

Snodgrass, 33, had been an important part of the Hammers’ side before struggling with a back disk injury, which kept him out of the second half of last season.

The former Scotland international is expected to go straight into the team at the Hawthorns, giving the Baggies some much needed Premier League experience.

“I’m absolutely delighted he has chosen to take up the challenge with us. He’ll add Premier League experience and quality to our side.”

Sam Allardyce

There’s currently no sign of Fantasy Premier League managers being tempted to bring Snodgrass in ahead of Double Gameweek 19, but should he be considered?

VETERAN

Allardyce made a name for himself at Bolton for taking experienced players thought to be over the hill and bringing out some of the best football of their careers.

The careers of Jay-Jay Okocha, Fernando Hierro and Gary Speed all experienced and Indian Summer thanks to their time at The Reebok.

And Allardyce is clearly hoping to get the same from Snodgrass, comparing him to Premier League legend Speed.

“He might be getting on but in his mind he still thinks he’s 20. Snodgrass runs all day, he’s got great quality and a huge amount of experience. He never gives up. Hopefully that will rub off on some of these players who will look at him and say, ‘My word’. Lifting the spirits and lifting the standards is very important at a professional football club. It’s even more important at a Premier League club.”

Sam Allardyce

Despite Allardyce’s comments, Snodgrass’ FPL returns have not dropped considerably as he has entered his mid 30s.

Last season he delivered a decent 10 goal contributions, scoring five goals and chipping in with five assists.

Despite playing fewer minutes, that was actually an improvement on the season before, suggesting Snodgrass could still have plenty to offer at Premier League level.

SWEET LEFT FOOT

Big Sam was keen to highlight Snodgrass’ left foot and how it would bring balance to his side, hinting at a role down the left hand side of midfield.

“He’s left-footed. We all look for balance. When you get the right balance in the team with left-footed players, they can really produce for you down that left side. I’ve heard from many, many people that he is exceptional in the dressing room which is a great bonus on top of his abilities.”

Sam Allardyce

West Brom’s two most effective attacking players of last season, Matheus Pereira (£5.6m) and Grady Diangana (£5.1m), who are both left footed, have struggled to replicate the form they showed in the Championship.

(Pereira left, Diangana right)

Allardyce even singled out Pereira for criticism, asking for more from the West Brom playmaker.

“It’s very simple. This is the Premier League and he needs to do it (play) quickly – much quicker than he did in the Championship. Then he will show his very skilful qualities. But if he chooses to do it at his pace in the Premier League, then he will not be successful.”

Sam Allardyce

Reading into these quotes, it is telling Allardyce has only started Pereira once in the Premier League since arriving at the Hawthorns.

And he appears to be equally unimpressed with Diangana, hauling him off at half-time in their 4-0 thrashing by Arsenal.

In the case of Snodgrass, it could be that Big Sam is looking for the midfielder to offer a greater balance in the middle of the park, with most of West Brom’s centre midfielders predominantly being right footers.

He would also add some much needed creativity, where other than Conor Gallagher (£5.5m), they are severely lacking.

But with both Pereira and Diangana struggling this season, it could be that Snodgrass finds himself playing out on the left flank.

SET PIECES

Throughout his career, Snodgrass has offered huge threat from set pieces, particularly from corners, as shown in his best 2016/2017 season.

With Allardyce setting up the Baggies in a defensive formation, they will need to make the most of set pieces if they are to pull off a miraculous survival.

Sam Inkersole, who covered West Ham for Football.London during Snodgrass’ spell, outlined the Scot’s quality delivery and what else he could bring to his new team.

“His qualities were obvious. Set piece delivery was impressive and vastly improved from what the Hammers had previously and simply, his work rate. Too many West Ham players that season (when he arrived) were passengers so it was no surprise they struggled.”

Sam Inkersole

Set pieces have already played a big part of the West Brom attack since Allardyce joined.

A towering header from Semi Ajayi (£4.8m) gave the Baggies an unlikely point against champions Liverpool.

And the big centre half netted again in the FA Cup against Blackpool, before they lost on penalties.

With a 6ft 3ins defender who can aggressively attack a ball in the other team’s penalty area, Snodgrass’ quality set piece deliveries may well find their target more often than not.

Should the pair be able to strike up a good understanding, then they could both turn into assets worth having in the second half of the season.

THE PROSPECTS

In a system that will suit his style of play, Robert Snodgrass could well deliver some good FPL returns for his new club.

His assist potential could also be bolstered by a new striker, one Allardyce is actively searching for.

“I am looking for a frontman, hopefully he’ll be coming through the door as quickly as possible. That’ll be from abroad, rather than from this country.”

Sam Allardyce

However, the main issue with bringing him into our teams is his price point.

Still priced up at £5.7m, he finds himself in the same bracket as former teammate Tomas Soucek (£5.3m), who has delivered consistent returns all season, and Raphinha (£5.5m), the dynamic Leeds winger who is starting to deliver goals and assists.

West Brom also face a torrid run of games in the next few weeks.

In their next seven the Baggies will face off against Manchester City, Manchester United, Spurs and Wolves, with returns looking few and far between.

Kinder fixtures against Fulham and Sheffield United in Gameweeks 21 and 22 will give us a realistic idea about what to expect from their attack.

Ultimately, Snodgrass appears to be priced just a bit too highly to be considered for a budget midfielder role.

But those looking for a punt on a differential midfielder, with the Scot currently sitting at 0.1% ownership, could be hugely rewarded when fixtures turn in Gameweek 25.

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1,216 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mattymo23
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Foden going to play both games in DGW?

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      what do you think ? if we knew the answer we would all own him 😉

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Could depend on how well he plays in the first game.

    3. altan8797
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      pep roulette

    4. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Pep???

    5. Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 19 days ago

        What If Villa pull out of the second game??

      • claretparrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        If he plays well in the first, then I reckon so. Pep almost said as much last night (cue evil laugh from Pep)

        I was just digging into the stats though as I need to choose between him and KDB (have double defence). Foden has outperformed his XG over the last two quite considerably. That said, I'd back him to score those two chances again so who knows!?

    6. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      1.3 itb and no FT and considering the following for a hit

      A) Ctaylor > Cancelo (or Dias) for -4 and revert to 442 (dropping Bamford to the bench)
      B) Robbo > Cancelo/Dias & Son > KDB for a -8 (not keen in dropping Robbo on a DGW)
      C) Biss > Gundo for a -4 and go 451 (means dropping Kane which seems daft!)
      D) Son > Rash for -4
      E) None of the above

      Current team:

      Mendy
      Zouma Robbo Stones
      Salah Bruno Son Soucek
      Kane Bamford Antonio

      (Johnstone Biss Kilman Taylor)

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        A

    7. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Martial could be alright according to reports so thoughts on this team of 10 DGWs and a TC?

      Areola
      Cancelo Stones Coufal
      KDB (TC) Bruno Rashford Son Soucek
      Martial Antonio

      Martinez Wilson Holding Mitchell

      Could even switch Son (shu) to Wilson (ars, avl) if that DGW for Newcastle gets confirmed?

      1. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Looks nice. I would keep as is and play Son over Wilson

    8. Muscout
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      McCarthy
      Cancelo Chilwell Coufal
      Salah (TC) KDB Bruno JWP Soucek
      Kane Bamford

      With the Leeds SOU changes I’m thinking:
      JWP and Bamford to Barnes/Mount and Antonio?

    9. BeWater
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Anyone else out here going without KDB for GW19?

        My big hitters are Salah, Bruno, Vardy and Son. Going to captain Salah.

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Doubt it - Son to KDB for me

        2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I am going with all 5.

        3. Pegboy
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Think I'm going without. Would require Salah > KDB or shipping Kane, but I'm already trying to offload DCL and Bamford.

        4. DonBenzema
            1 month, 19 days ago

            In the exact same conundrum as you - not willing to sacrifice either of those. I'm actually leaning towards Salah TC at the moment.

        5. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Since gw10 my rank was stuck on 250k - 350k. Now i understand why this was not a bad thing actually.

        6. Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I'm doing -12 to get Salah and a few more DGW players. BB should easily cover that.

            Should we avoid City players now their second game against Villa could be called off as well

            1. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Ouch triple City here.

            2. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Villa training ground set to reopen on Saturday so I think they’ll be forced to play City on Weds

          • altan8797
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            which one?

            a) soucek
            b) gundogan

            already own kdb-stones from city and antonio-coufal from whu

            cheers

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              A

            2. BeWater
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Surely this is the week for Soucek!

              • Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                A

            3. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              If only the Burnley game was before the ManU game for Liverpool

              1. BeWater
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  As a Trent and Salah owner this would have been great 🙂

                • Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Why does that matter?

                  1. BeWater
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Because the United game will be tougher. Could be an injury to Salah etc and they end up not even playing the Burnley game.

                  2. Shark Team
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    He plays Burnley on Thursday and then ManUtd again for the FA Cup 3 days later. He could play limited mins.

                • Olson
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Meetings set up between PL officials and managers and captains to explain, again, for the third time, their responsibilities. Which were explained to them most recently, yesterday, in picture form. This is presumably in anticipation of further review by ministers of previous informal warnings about failure to adhere and the inevitable images they will have to review, again, following last night's round

                  1. turd ferguson
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    it's a joke

                    1. Olson
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Not only do they continue in failing to recognise the very clear message from ministers that the public is starting to take note and ask questions about why they are being forced to comply with strict rules that everyone involved in the game are not, but it continues to be worrying re containing further outbreaks in coming weeks. Which as we have seen, testing will not prevent, just identity more quickly.

                    2. Olson
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Also of concern, several managers have foolishly suggested that it will be not possible, or difficult at best for game players and staff'to follow these rules.

                      Not really what you want to hear them say to appease those with the power to pull the plug.

                • waltzingmatildas
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  A) Son and Robbo - KDB and Stones (-4)
                  B) Son and Firmino - KDB and Antonio (-4)
                  If B, would you also do:
                  C) Raphina to Foden (-4)

                  McCarthy Johnstone
                  Robbo Cancelo Coufal Dallas Taylor
                  Salah Bruno Son Raphina Soucek
                  Firmino Bamford Wood

                  1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Prefer the upside of KDB, Foden and City def rather than KDB and 2 def. C is probably worth the risk

                    1. waltzingmatildas
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      So B and C? Plus I get to keep robbo 🙂

                  2. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    B but not sure about C as Foden could easily be benched for a game.

                  3. Pegboy
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    B

                  4. waltzingmatildas
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Thanks all

                • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Now I'm thinking I'll just get BB out of the way

                  Would you take a hit for Riedewald to Soucek to get this bench and BB?

                  Forster,Soucek, Rodrigo and Holding

                  1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Not for me - McCarthy back training as well

                  2. Trovsmash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Decent bench for a BB can't see anything wrong with it

                  3. BeWater
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      I could BB with McCarthy, Raphinha, Dallas and Lowton but I'm not going to. Going to keep a decent bench this year so a better chance may come along.

                    • claretparrot
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      I'm not sure I'd do that, but can defo see the attraction of getting it over and done with. Allows proper planning for the rest of the season without ripping things apart for one GW

                    • Karan14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Forster won't play as McCarthy is back in training.

                  4. turd ferguson
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    a - Soucek
                    b - snodgrass

                    ?

                    1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      A

                    2. waltzingmatildas
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      A

                    3. Chazz69
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      A

                  5. Trovsmash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Thoughts on Son & Robbo to KDB (TC) & AWB? -4

                    1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Not sure on the Robbo downgrade to Utd def

                    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Looks tempting. Thinking about selling Robbo too but feels wrong going into a double...

                      1. Trovsmash
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        thats the feeling i cant shake, offloading two good players for a -4, feels criminal.

                  6. Inazuma X1
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Should I do Coleman to Coufal for a (-4) and bench Holding?

                    Will have the below team -

                    Martinez (Forster)
                    Stones Dallas Coufal (Holding Mitchell)
                    Salah KDB Bruno Grealish Soucek
                    Kane Ings (Davis)

                    1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      yes

                  7. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Martinez
                    Robbo Cancelo Dias
                    Salah Mane Bruno Grealish Raphinha
                    DCL Bamford

                    (Steer Kilman Brewster Mitchell)
                    1FT & 0.3m

                    Doing Mane ➡️ KDB(c) for sure.

                    DCL ➡️ Antonio for a hit too considering Villa vs Everton is also 99% off.

                    Kilman ➡️ Coufal worth another hit?
                    If Grealish has a DGW then is it worth taking a hit for Coufal (BUR, WBA) to bench Raphinha (BHA)?

                    Appreciate your thoughts!

                  8. Minion
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Originally I had 14 DGW players with a move from DCL to someone planned to make 15 for my BB.

                    I’m now looking at -8 for Salah to KDB, DCL to Watkins (pending news) and Ayling to Cancelo giving me a bench of Johnstone, Dallas, Bamford and Targett.

                    Still worth the BB given it’s now -8 and not all players who double? Feels like only -4 as DCL to Watkins will hopefully pay for itself if Villa get their double and Watkins is fit to start both.

                  9. Im New Here
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      When I confirm my FH chip, am I still able to make additional transfers after that, up to the deadline?

                      1. claretparrot
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Yep

                      2. Hybrid.power
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Yep

                    • Jellyfish
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Is it fair to assume that Santo will be sticking to his current formation for albion and Kilman won't be starting?

                      1. Black Knights
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Kilman is no more. Saiss back first choice, and Boly to return too.

                        1. Jellyfish
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Yes figured - just pondering a hit to ditch him for a DGW player

                    • unclesbasement
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        I want to die...just made a -12

                        1. Hybrid.power
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          It's the best week for it, tons of players will be doing the same I'd say

                          1. unclesbasement
                              1 month, 19 days ago

                              yeah still hurts doing it tho

                        2. shirtless
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Wildcarded GW16 and set-up for a Saints/Leeds BB this week. Plan's obviously in tatters. I also switched KdB to Mane to give me an edge on Salah triple cappers, this was also stuffed by the late City fixture change! So now it looks like BB is off. I can't be sure on Konsa playing at all, can we be sure City play Villa mid-week? Do I need KdB back, or shall I keep Mane who should definitely play twice and just deal with DCL if needs be? It's all becoming too much of a headfeck!

                          McCarthy
                          Coufal Konsa Pieters
                          Salah(c) Mane Bruno Soucek
                          Kane DCL Bamford

                          4.0 Romeu Alioski KWP

                          1. Karan14
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            I'm doing Mane & DCL to KDB(c) & Antonio for a hit most likely. If you want to cap Salah then maybe you can ignore KDB but it's not ideal given their fixtures.

                            1. shirtless
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 19 days ago

                              I'm thinking DCL>Antonio, then next week bring KdB back for Mane. I'm really not sure if they'll be much in it this week for a -4. City aren't scoring many.

                        3. SHOOTER MCGINN
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Robbo, Grealish, DCL -> Cancelo, KDB, Antonio?

                          1. Pegboy
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Is it a -4 or -8?

                            Don't love losing Robbo, but probably worth it, particularly if you want to TC KdB.

                            1. SHOOTER MCGINN
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 19 days ago

                              It's -8. Same thoughts about Robbo but value probably isn't there at the moment and City fixtures are great. Other option to get the funds would be selling Kane and going 4 at the back, but that has its own problems...

                        4. seanmcging
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          I have the following team for DGW19:

                          McCarthy
                          Stones*/Cancelo*/Coufal*
                          Salah*/Bruno*/KDB*/Soucek*
                          Kane/Bamford/DCL (replace with Antonio*)
                          Nyland/Dallas/Pieters*/Burke

                          The plan was to BB, but I think that is out now given the Leeds fixture move. I will keep Kane, but would you replace Bamford with another DGW player?

                          1. waltzingmatildas
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Do you want Bamford long term?

                        5. JollyGoodYellows
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Worth doing DCL + Anguissa > Antonio + Soucek (-4)?

                          1. jtaylor500
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Yes

                        6. jtaylor500
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          A) Vardy & Soucek
                          B) Antonio & Pulisic
                          C) Antonio & Ziyech

                          1. linkafu
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            C

                        7. Kun Tozser
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Leeds Southampton postponed

                        8. SomeoneKnows
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Martinez (Forster)
                          Cancelo, Stones, Bednark (Dallas,Douglas)
                          Salah, Bruno, Son, Grealish, Soucek
                          Kane, Bamford (DCL)

                          With 1FT and 1.3 itb which should I do?

                          A) Bednarek > Cresswell
                          B) DCL > Antonio
                          C) Son + DCL > KDB + Antonio (-4)

                        9. JIMMY764
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Wolves fans, fellow Neto owners. How did he look against Everton? I'm not sure whether to play, bench or sell him this week! WBA at home obvs looks good on paper....

                        10. Inazuma X1
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Can we all write to FPL and ask them to delete the BB chip?

                          Ask them to give us another freehit instead

                        11. linkafu
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Who will score more:

                          A/ Mahrez DGW

                          B/ Son vs Sheff