Manuel Pellegrini was given food for thought over his striker options for the huge clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

West Ham inexplicably went into the season with just one proven striker on their books.

And even £45million Sebastien Haller was something of a risk having never played in England before.

The concerns of West Ham fans have already come home to roost.

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Hammers well short, particularly up front

The Hammers have looked well short in several areas in the last two months. But particularly up front.

Pellegrini only has cheap back-up signing Albian Ajeti in reserve. And he looks well short of the required quality to play in the Premier League.

Michail Antonio could be an option as he works his way back to fitness following his latest lengthy injury lay-off.

But there was another potential option floated to the Hammers boss by Ukraine manager Andriy Shevchenko on Sunday.

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Legendary striker plays West Ham star in lone forward role

The legendary striker knows what it takes to be a top quality forward for club and country.

So it says a lot that the AC Milan great played Hammers star Andriy Yarmolenko in the lone striker role for Ukraine in their 2-2 draw with Serbia.

 

Yarmolenko started and played the entirety of the match in Belgrade, providing the assist for Artem Besiedin’s injury-time equaliser.

Yarmolenko picked up the ball on the edge of the box, drove past his marker and fired a cross into Besiedin who made no mistake with an emphatic driven finish.

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Haller and Yarmo the way forward for Pellegrini?

The former Borussia Dortmund attacker has been played on the wing by Pellegrini thus far.

And he has actually been one of West Ham’s better performers this season.

Many West Ham fans have suggested Yarmolenko could do a job up front if needed. Or certainly as a second striker off Haller.

The pair have already combined to score goals and create chances so far this season.

But Pellegrini has stuck steadfastly to his system despite West Ham failing to win for SEVEN games and nosediving from third to 16th in the Premier League.

With Manuel Lanzini injured, now is the time to embrace change and give Yarmolenko a try as a second striker at least.

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