Punt of the Week – Gameweek 29 – Robert Snodgrass


Gameweek 29, the gameweek that has been giving us sleepless nights is finally here and now we have to make the brave decisions that define us as a manager. Do we make transfers to field a full team? Or do we hold out and go into the gameweek men down?

All of us managers will decide this over the coming hours and for those tinkermen out there, this week’s punt could hold the key to some steady points over the coming weeks.

This week could be one of the most pivotal weeks of the FPL season to date, as important as any double gameweek and a well crafted side could reap the rewards. This week’s pick is a man who could guide your team to the heights. It’s the canary, Robert Snodgrass.

The Potential

The fact that Norwich have a game this week puts them ahead of most teams of players you would pick from. Coupled with that, they face a Southampton side at home struggling for form after an initial good start under Pochettino, and will give everyone connected with Norwich much hope for optimism.

Futher fixtures over the next four include SOT, sun, wig and SWA so Norwich potentially could see returns in all those matches.

Snodgrass is capable of a double digit score having done so on 4 occasions this term. The highest scoring Norwich midfielder has control of set plays and has a nailed on place in the Canaries line up which are the key criteria for this week’s pick.

The returning Grant Holt is now finding his feet after his injury and the potential is growing to convert the chances that Snodgrass creates. A point to note in the return fixture Snodgrass scored and grabbed the 3 bonus leading him to a 10 point haul.

The Risk

Having failed to register a single shot on target at Old Trafford, all eyes will be on the Norwich forward line to produce against the Saints. The 0-4 drubbing they received last time out will hardly give them a boost ahead of key fixtures.

With two away trips against Sunderland and then Wigan, who improve at this time of the season, will mean the Canaries will have to raise their game to get any points.

With these important games ahead, if Norwich fail to deliver it could drag them into the relegation dogfight for the closing weeks of the season. Snodgrass isn’t on the best of form at the minute having not scored since gameweek 18 and only assisted once since gameweek 20.

The Verdict

For those managers who have the likes of Fellaini and are looking at cheaper options, Snodgrass remains a viable pick companied with Sissoko.

Norwich’s fixtures remain pretty good with only trips to the Emirates in gameweek 33 and the Etihad on the final day of any difficulty to note.

If you’re looking for a fifth midfielder or a long term gamble, Snodgrass could be your man. Of course he plays for Norwich so there will be a few 2’s chucked in along the way but he could become a key differential in the weeks ahead.