Andriy Yarmolenko had a season to forget last term.
His season was cruelly cut short after having played just 10 games for the club.
The Ukraine international is now back fit and raring to go ahead of the new campaign, however.
And the 29-year-old told the club’s official website that he will be like a new signing for West Ham this season:
“Now I’m really happy to be back and I’m enjoying it because I lost eight months and I really missed the team, the training sessions and missed my work. Now I’m really enjoying it and I’m happy. Maybe a little bit I am like a new signing!”
If Yarmolenko manages to remain injury free this season, he really could be a major asset for the Hammers.
His ability to cut inside from the right onto his left foot provides Manuel Pellegrini with a better option than both Robert Snodgrass and Grady Diangana.
Yarmolenko is far more deadly in front of goal than those two players.
West Ham are expected to make a sustained push for the top seven this season. And having Yarmolenko back will be crucial to their hopes of doing just that.
The east London outfit need more goals all over the pitch. And the Ukrainian could be just the man to provide that.
Pellegrini obviously needs to bring in another established striker, having lost Marko Arnautovic, and missed out on Maxi Gomez.
If the Chilean does that, West Ham will be in great shape.
A new striker will not be enough on his own, however. The Hammers need all of their current players to up their games too.
And as Yarmolenko says himself, having the 29-year-old back will feel like a new signing for Pellegrini and co next term.