Hull City has turned it’s season around, even after their best player, Robert Snodgrass, transferred to West Ham United in the January transfer window. The new coach, Marco Silva, has led a reinassance at the KCOM Stadium in Hull, with relegation no longer seemingly guaranteed, something that was unthinkable in December when Hull visited the London Stadium.
Robert Snodgrass was far and away the best player for Hull City in the first half of the season, scoring nine goals and seven assists in 24 appearances for the Tigers this season, and is still Hull’s leading scorer in this campaign. The Scotland international winger moved from Norwich City in the summer of 2014 to Hull before leaving for West Ham earlier this year.
Snodgrass has said that it is going to be a “weird feeling” going back to Hull and playing as a visitor at a ground he played at as a home player, but it’s not the first time he’s had to deal with the feeling. As he told WHUFC.com “I played against Leeds last season for Hull in the Championship and, to be honest with you, as soon as the whistle went it was down to business and trying to do as well as you can for your new team and get maximum points.”
While he wished his past team well, he did go on to say that, “[t]hey’re all good lads and Marco Silva and the staff they brought in are good people, but from an individual point of view, I want West Ham to win!”
The return of Snodgrass to Hull is at a critical juncture in West Ham’s season. The team has suffered a loss of form and defense that allows too many goals now hampered by the team’s best defender, Winston Reid, being out along with Pedro Obiang, who has been the team’s best midfielder this season, and Michail Antonio, who is the leading goal scorer on the season for West Ham. Getting a result at Hull will go along way towards producing a decent place in the table for West Ham.