Robert Snodgrass is enjoying a new lease of life after a career-boosting chat with Leeds boss Simon Grayson.The former Livingston winger fell so far below the high standards he had set since moving south of the border that Grayson gave him some advice after Leeds’ 3-0 Carling Cup defeat against Manchester United last month.Some fans were convinced that talk of a possible move into the Premier League in the summer had unsettled the man renowned for making asses of full-backs and laying on a procession of crosses for the club’s strikers.While Max Gradel was sold to St Etienne for an undisclosed fee, Leeds rejected a £3.5million offer from Norwich for Snodgrass, who remained at Elland Road where he looked a shadow of his former self in the early weeks of the season.Now the tricky Scotland international faces Leeds’ bogey side Cardiff with Grayson drooling over the winger’s improvement.The Leeds boss said: “I had a chat with him after the Manchester United game and I didn’t hold back.“I told him, ‘You are more concerned with what is happening all over the pitch instead of concentrating on what you need to do. Affect the game and everyone else will concentrate on doing the jobs they are supposed to be doing’.Snod cares passionately about the game, the team and how we can get good results – but maybe that was affecting his own performances on the pitch.“Since the Manchester United game he has been an absolute joy.“His work-rate, closing down and quality of delivery have been unbelievable recently.“Players are not daft. They realise when things are not going for them, but Snod has analysed his game and wants to get better and better.”Snodgrass, 24, scored seven goals last season when Leeds finished seventh, missing out on a play-off place by just three points.
But his only strike so far this time came back in August in a 4-1 trouncing of Yorkshire rivals Hull City.
He will be especially keen to put that right against Cardiff, who haven’t lost at Elland Road for 28 years and thrashed Leeds 4-0 in the corresponding game last term.Also looking to hit the target is top scorer Ross McCormack, who grabbed 25 goals in 75 league games for the Welshmen before joining Leeds in August last year.
McCormack has ten goals to his name in all competitions this season but after a purple patch of nine in eight league games, the hitman has drawn a blank in his last three outings for Grayson’s side.