Andriy Yarmolenko was one of a host of players who were brought to West Ham this summer in order to usher in Manuel Pellegrini’s preferred gameplan.
The evidence from his time at Manchester City was that the Chilean would adopt an attacking style of play; and after the win against Manchester United on Saturday, some fans believe the West Ham way is back.
Of course, it takes more than one swashbuckling result to transform a team’s approach; which is why Yarmolenko’s comments about Pellegrini’s approach are so encouraging.
The Ukrainian outlined the Hammers’ new commitment to entertaining the fans and he is certainly benefiting so far; hitting form after the last international break.
In his own words
Speaking to the club’s official website, Yarmolenko said: “The start of the season was not the best. I can even say it was quite poor because we didn’t get any points, but we have all worked very hard to change the situation.
“It was quite obvious that everybody was together when we won the game against Everton. We really, really wanted to win that game, and we did well again in the Chelsea and Manchester United games, too.
“I don’t want to look too far ahead and want to say we’re going to win the title! We need to take things step by step and think about the next match.
“Obviously, everyone wants to set the highest possible targets for themselves but, as we say in Ukraine, we don’t want to be running ahead of the train!
“We want to play good football that both the fans and the players will enjoy. If we do that, then we will get the place we deserve at the end of the season.”
Commitment to entertainment
West Ham have not had a clear footballing identity since the 2015/16 season. Since then, the near-constant threat of relegation has persuaded the manager to adopt a safety-first, results-driven approach.
To get the fans excited, they’ve needed someone with a commitment to a philosophy. Pellegrini is busy implementing his own version of the West Ham Way; and what’s more, the likes of Yarmolenko are fully on board.