Sunday, 13 February 2011

Leeds and Snodgrass going from strength to strength

Leeds United’s wing wizard Robert Snodgrass arrived in the Championship on the crest of a wave after achieving automatic promotion from League One.His exploits last season meant that like his sides, Snodgrass’ reputation was highly regarded, with many people predicting an outside chance that Leeds could experience back-to-back successes, with a return to the Barclays Premier League a realistic goal.For some players the pressure of expectation can be too hard to take, resulting in a dip in form or loss of confidence – but not for Snodgrass or Leeds for that matter.The Elland Road outfit lie in 6th place in the Championship table, four points clear of Millwall in 7th and have been on the losing side just once in their last 17 league outings During that spell a number of scintillating individual performances saw Snodgrass rewarded for his fine form when he was voted the ESPN PFA Fans’ Championship Player of the Month for January.The 23-year-old enjoyed an outstanding month for Simon Grayson’s men, scoring goals against both Cardiff and Arsenal, and his impressive form on the flank has helped put the Yorkshire outfit in a position to challenge for an automatic promotion place.Snodgrass was named in the PFA Team of Year in United’s promotion-winning season last term and Grayson will have been delighted that the Scot has returned to his best form after missing the start of the season through injury."He's had a good month in terms of his performances and his work-rate, and having been called up for Scotland, this is another nice reward for him," said Grayson.Those consistent performances had not gone unnoticed by his national manager either, and Craig Levein handed Snodgrass his first cap for Scotland in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Northern Ireland in the Carling Nations Cup.It was a moment to savour for the proud Scot who said the experience fulfilled a childhood dream pulling on the shirt for the Tartan Army.Snodgrass’ season looks to be going from strength to strength and he will be hoping to finish on a high with Leeds United as they push for promotion in a bid to complete their long-awaited return to the Barclays Premier League.

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