Is Robert Snodgrass the Scottish Leo Messi? No, probably not. Is he the Scottish Wes Hoolahan? Ah here, now that's just ridiculous.
But there can be no doubt that Robert Snodgrass was the only source of joy for the West Ham fans in the London Stadium this afternoon, bagging an assist and two goals that put the Hammers 3-1 up against Brighton. That joy didn't last however, as they conceded twice in the last 15 minutes and had to settle for a point in a cracking 3-3 draw.
David Moyes' side currently sit in the relegation zone, a point from safety, but with an ominous looking fixture list over the next couple of months that includes games against Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Wolves and Spurs. So two dropped points at home against a relegation rival having squandered a two goal lead with some calamitous defending will be a difficult pill to swallow.
But West Ham's relegation fears pale in significance to the absolute trauma that countless Fantasy Premier League managers felt today having left Snodgrass out of their selection for Gameweek 25.
Having already assisted Issa Diop's opener with a delightfully whipped set-piece, Snodgrass got on the scoresheet to put West Ham 2-0 up with a sweetly struck volley (via a deflection). But it was his second goal to make it 3-1 that typified the day he was having, a rocket of a half-volley with his left foot from 20 yards that sailed past the keeper (via another deflection).
As the talented, if inconsistent, Scottish midfielder finally assumed God-like status and dominated this afternoon's Premier League action, the sound of hundreds, possibly thousands of enraged Fantasy Premier League managers collectively screaming at the heavens could be heard bellowing across the Irish Sea.
Snub Robert Snodgrass at your peril.
Of course Robert Snodgrass turns into 2012 Lionel Messi as soon as I drop him to my #FPL bench 🙆
— Tunde Young (@tunde_young) February 1, 2020
Told my brother to bring in Snodgrass this morning. He did but he decided to bench him.
Lundstram needs to do him a huge favour and stay off the pitch. pic.twitter.com/ftC66H95Bd
— FPL REAPER🔺 (@ReaperFPL) February 1, 2020
Of course I bench Snodgrass in fantasy
— Sam (@SamTheHokage) February 1, 2020
Snodgrass on a bench & he scored again. #FPL why why?
Why it has to be me every time?
— 𝓩𝓮𝓛𝓾𝓼 (@IamSigdel) February 1, 2020
Genuinely the only reason I benched him today was because they’ve only had a few days recovery between games, and Snodgrass was injured last week 🤦🏻♂️
Dawn I’m fed up. pic.twitter.com/xAHxgcpQa3
— FPL Partridge (@FPL_Partridge) February 1, 2020