Snoddy hopes brave City can flourish in Premier League

West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass is a big fan of Norwich City's attacking style 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass is a big fan of Norwich City's attacking style Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Robert Snodgrass is urging Norwich City to stick to their beliefs back in the big time.

The West Ham midfielder made a second half cameo against his old club in a 2-0 win for Manuel Pellegrini's side at the London stadium.

Snodgrass revealed he is delighted to see the Canaries back in the top flight, but feels the step up from the Championship is huge.

"What you have done in the Championship is really forgotten when you get to the elite level," he said. "Everybody is driving to get to the Premier League but I am delighted to see them come with the mindset to have a go.

"They have got two full backs who like to get forward, they've got the little boy (Emi) Buendia who likes to play through balls playing off (Teemu) Pukki. They've got Todd Cantwell who likes to get forward and cause problems.

"I've watched them and they've done brilliantly in the Championship but this is the Premier League, this is the elite level. If they do it in the Premier League that is when their name will really get out there.

"It's a club that has had a few ups and downs in the past seven years and they have had a process where they brought in Stuart Webber who has followed the same German process that paid off for him at Huddersfield."

Snodgrass retains a soft spot for the Canaries where he scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in 67 top flight appearances.

"I loved my time there. I loved staying there. My second daughter was born there, so there's a lot of good memories but as a club, it's a terrific club and it's got a great fan base," he said, interviewed for West Ham's match programme. "You always look out for your old clubs but I think the way they've come back in, you see them on the opening day trying to have a go at Liverpool, it's great to see.

"I'm a firm believer in that and I wish the club nothing but the best.

"I made my Premier League debut with Norwich, so I always remember that, but it was a good time in my career and I met a lot of good people and the fans were great with me as well. Norwich was always a hard place to go for other teams.

"The fans made it very difficult for the opposition.

"It was so tight, it would feel like they were on top of you, one of those old school grounds."

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