It’s time for David Moyes to make a bold call on West Ham United duo Armstrong Okoflex and Andriy Yarmolenko.
The 32-year-old Ukraine international has been absolutely woeful for the Hammers this season.
Yarmo has looked to be so far off the pace. The former Borussia Dortmund man, signed for £18 million in 2018 (talkSPORT), lacks the kind of pace and physicality needed to succeed in the Premier League.
He offers us absolutely nothing. And it’s time for Okoflex to take his place in the match-day squads.
It would be a very bold call from Moyes, but one that needs to be made nonetheless.
Moyes needs to replace Yarmolenko with West Ham youngster Okoflex
The talented 19-year-old, signed on a free transfer from Celtic in the summer, has been in sensational form for the under-23s this season.
Okoflex has 14 goals in 15 games to his name for the u-23s so far this season. He seems to have everything needed to go on and succeed at the very highest level.
David Moyes will surely be very excited about the Dublin-born teenager’s progress over the past few months.
Okoflex is in great hands with Mark Robson overseeing the under-23s this season and hopefully he will continue to get better and better. We think it’s time for the 19-year-old to take the next step though.
He must have more about him than Yarmolenko. Sure, he is very raw and inexperienced but he has so much talent and potential.
At least Okoflex has pace and plays with a certain kind of directness that Yarmo never has been capable of.
The Ukrainian has no future whatsoever at the London Stadium.
The 32-year-old’s contract with West Ham is due to expire in the summer.
Moyes should begin to make the transition right now though and phase Yarmolenko out of the team. Okoflex might not be ready yet but he seems to be the kind of player who would thrive after being thrown in at the deep end.
The Dublin-born ace certainly has the talent. Hopefully Moyes gives him his chance at some point in the near future.
Let’s put it this way, he can’t be any worse than Yarmolenko can he? And if he is, perhaps it’s better for Moyes to realise that sooner rather than later!