Report shares what triggered Snodgrass’ international retirement decision

Report shares what triggered Snodgrass' international retirement decision – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to The Sun, West Ham United winger Robert Snodgrass decided to call time on his international career with Scotland after he learnt he was being dropped from the starting line-up for the San Marino game.

That became obvious during Saturday’s training when he was excluded from a 10 v 8 match-up – which featured six changes from the team that lost to Russia on Thursday.

The 32-year-old forward was also likely not to have made Steve Clarke’s XI for next month’s games against Cyprus and Kazakhstan after the manager decided to ring the changes following the 4-0 defeat to Russia.

Snodgrass made his Scotland debut in 2011, going on to earn 28 caps and scoring seven games.

The West Ham man announced his decision on social media on Tuesday, and will now look to fully concentrate on his club career.

Snodgrass initially withdrew from the Scotland squad on Saturday after a calf injury had flared up before informing Clarke of his decision on Monday night, and it remains to be seen if he will be fit for the Hammers’ trip to Everton this weekend.

He has started just a Premier League game for West Ham this season, coming off the bench thrice.

The attacking midfielder featured in both of the Hammers’ League Cup clashes and will now hope his international retirement can help boost his chances at the London Stadium and keep his club career going for a few more years.

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Loanee’s return could prove an asset for Chelsea – Opinion

Loanee's return could prove an asset for Chelsea – Opinion – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Rumours have been circulating that Victor Moses is keen to return to Stamford Bridge in January. The Nigerian is currently on loan at Turkish Super Liga club Fenerbache. 

No Turkish delight

The ex-Crystal Palace man joined The Yellow Canaries in January on a 18-month loan deal. However, despite being a regular fixture in the starting XI at the back-end of last season, this season his performances have been few and far between.

This has led to Turkish Daily Fanatik, claiming the wide man wants to head back to West-London during the upcoming transfer window.

Chelsea are currently serving a well publicised transfer ban that leaves The Blues unable to sign players until next summer.

Third time lucky

The Nigerian international joined Chelsea in 2012 from Wigan Athletic. His Blues career started well as he played a huge part in Chelsea’s Europa League success, scoring five times in 10-appearances.

However, the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge saw Moses shipped out on a series of loans. Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United became temporary homes for the Nigerian.

With his Chelsea career looking all but done, the appointment of Antonio Conte led to Moses returning to the fold. The Italian saw something a little different in Moses, playing him as a wing-back.

Premier League title success followed, and  FA Cup glory the following season. Maurizio Sarri moving into the Stamford Bridge hot-seat left Moses back at square one. Sarri-ball didn’t operate with wing-backs and a frustrated Moses soon made the move to Turkey. A return would in effect be a third spell at Stamford Bridge for the 28-year-old.

The report states Moses feels he still has something to offer for Chelsea. Still under contract until 2021, the ex-Wigan winger played alongside Frank Lampard, and The Blues boss is thought to rate him.

Versatility is the key

In all fairness Moses would add versatility to the Chelsea squad. Having started out primarily as a winger, Moses has also been used as a forward.

But would it really hurt to add a someone who is familiar with his surroundings to act as a squad player? His previously mentioned versatility could give The Blues further options. Frank Lampard has not been afraid to switch formations, using wing-backs at times.

Injuries have been an issue at Stamford Bridge this season. Surely Moses could play his part if needed.

Some may feel Moses chances at Stamford Bridge have come and gone. Competition for places is strong, and The Blues could yet cash in when they can when you consider the time left on his contract, and his age.

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£70m Man United target breaks silence on transfer rumours

West Ham star Declan Rice has responded to reports linking him with a move to Manchester United as rumours continue to swirl over his future.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer preference for signing emerging British talent is well known and so naturally the young Englishman has been linked with a transfer to Old Trafford.

It’s understood any sort of move would see United spend big to pry Rice away from West Ham who are under no pressure to sell.

The versatile midfielder would definitely add depth to Solskjaer’s otherwise thin squad but the rumoured figures floating about has left some fans wondering whether the transfer is worth it.

The Red Devils are looking to add to their current crop of players this January but it’s unlikely they’ll be contacting West Ham just yet.

According to the Mirror, Rice said: “I signed a five year contract with West Ham last year, which will keep me at club till I’m 24, and for me this is the best place to be right now.

“I am playing for a manager who has given me my chance and played me week in week out.

“I’m improving every week and although I see all this speculation, I don’t really think about it too much.

“It’s all talk until something happens – and nothing has – so I’m just focussed on West Ham, doing my best and making fans happy.”

It makes sense for Rice to stay put as he’s more or less guaranteed to play regularly in the Premier League with West Ham.

That might not be the case at Manchester United and it could potentially stunt his development.

Of course, Solskjaer should also not be spending the rumoured £70m on Rice as he still has plenty to prove before such a fee is reasonable.

Some fans have suggested that money is better spent elsewhere with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey reported to have a release clause at around £50m.

Contract extensions expected at West Ham

West Ham are preparing themselves for some big and important moves in the weeks to come. After an interesting start of the season and a really good transfer window, that has seen them sign Sebastian Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt, among others, they are now ready to offer contract extensions to several first-team players. According to […]

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