West Ham United man Andriy Yarmolenko is unlikely to be offered a new contract at the London Stadium in spite of his recent heroics.
That’s according to claims from Claret and Hugh who suggest that it would big a big call for the Hammers to offer the Ukraine international a new deal.
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The 32-year-old’s current £115k-a-week deal expires at the end of the season. And after his underwhelming performances over the past four years, it was almost a given that he would be released in the summer.
Things have changed dramatically over the past seven days though.
After Yarmolenko’s country Ukraine were invaded by Russia, he was given some time off by David Moyes, understandably so.
The former Borussia Dortmund attacker came back into the fold last week though and made an immediate impact by scoring an unbelievable goal against Aston Villa.
Amazingly, Yarmo then scored again just four days later against Sevilla in the Europa League. It was the goal that took us through to the quarter-finals of the competition.
And the Ukrainian’s heroics have led to calls from some fans for him to be offered a new contract at the London Stadium…
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It appears as though there will not be a decision made purely on sentiment.
Claret and Hugh claims that they have been told from a source within the club that offering Yarmo a new contract would be a ‘big call’ this summer and that it is unlikely to happen.
We have to agree with that decision, as harsh as it may sound considering what he has done for this football club over the past week.
The honest truth of the matter is that Yarmolenko isn’t really suited to Premier League football and getting his massive wages off the books in the summer will be a huge help for David Moyes as he tries to bring in some truly top-class signings.
Yarmolenko has cemented his name in the history of West Ham as a club and in the hearts of the supporters with his contributions over the past week. And he still may have a key role to play in the months to come.
But if he is let go in the summer, it will be the right decision.