West Ham assistant manager Alan Irvine suggested that Andriy Yarmolenko is pushing for a start against Wolves at the London Stadium on Sunday night, as quoted by Football.London.
The Ukrainian has started just one Premier League game for the Hammers since November last year.
Yarmolenko joined West Ham from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018 for around £17.5 million (Evening Standard).
The 30-year-old has struggled to impress at the London Stadium, however.
The Ukraine international has often been omitted from David Moyes’ starting line-ups in favour of Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio before the former Hull City ace arrived in east London.
Yarmolenko has suffered horrendous injury problems during his time with West Ham and he has made just 34 Premier League appearances for the east London outfit.
The former Dortmund ace has impressed in the Carabao Cup competition so far this season, however. He has two goals and three assists to his name in two games (Transfermarkt).
And Alan Irvine told reporters that Yarmo is pushing to start against Wolves on Sunday, as quoted by Football.London:
“Of course, Andriy is a really talented player and one of the most talented I have worked with and I enjoy working with Andriy. Clearly he has competition in that position. Jarrod Bowen has done extremely well since he came in. It is a case of Andrey grabbing any chances he gets and at this moment he has performed well in Carabao Cup games.”
Yarmolenko has game-changing abilities. The one worry the West Ham fans have with the 30-year-old is that he lacks any kind of defensive discipline.
And that could prove to be costly against a side like Wolves – a team who are well-known for overloading their attacks down both flanks.
The Ukrainian’s form in the Carabao Cup has been excellent, however. So perhaps he does deserve his chance. Jarrod Bowen has been solid of not spectacular in the opening two Premier League games.
And maybe now is Yarmo’s chance to shine for the Hammers.