David Moyes spoke to reporters after the West Ham vs Dinamo Zagreb clash at the London Stadium last night and criticised one player in particular.
Moyes handed out starts for five Hammers academy products.
All of them were absolute credits to themselves.
Harrison Ashby, Aji Alese, Jamal Baptiste, Emmanuel Longelo and Sonny Perkins all left the pitch with their heads held high.
Sure they struggled with decision making at times but that’s expected with young players. We think they all did very well.
The same cannot be said for many of the senior players who Moyes selected in his starting lineup.
Some of the seniors failed to stake any kind of claim for a regular starting spot and there was one in particular who disappointed.
David Moyes singles out one West Ham player for criticism after West Ham vs Dinamo Zagreb
Andriy Yarmolenko seems like a man who wants out of the London Stadium in January.
The 32-year-old is painfully one footed and is completely devoid of any kind of mobility, pace or dynamism.
He will surely be on his way out of West Ham next month. It was clear to see last night that he has nothing to offer.
Moyes spoke to reporters and criticised Yarmo for his role in Zagreb’s goal, as quoted by Football.London:
“Yarmolenko should have pressed. But it’s a game when it’s always going to be difficult. You give the youngsters some leeway and expect more from the seniors but it’s not easy for the seniors. But he should have closed it down when the boy shot.”
He really was poor last night. The former Borussia Dortmund attacker offers us absolutely nothing in the final third or defensively.
Moyes loves his players to work their socks off for the entire 90 minutes. In fact, he demands it.
It’s so clear and obvious to see that the Ukraine international is not the Scot’s cup of tea.
It would be no surprise to see the 32-year-old leave West Ham in January.
It will be a shock if we get any kind of fee for Yarmolenko, however, considering his massive wages!