Are West Ham failing to use Andriy Yarmolenko properly or is the Ukrainian simply not suited to Premier League football?

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The 31-year-old really is somewhat of an anomaly.

Incredibly poor and underwhelming for the Hammers but absolutely brilliant for the Ukraine.

So what is the problem?

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West Ham United ace Andriy Yarmolenko in action (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Are we using Yarmo correctly? Or is he just not suited to the aggressive nature of the Premier League?

It could be argued that it’s the former…

West Ham failing to use Yarmolenko properly?

The 31-year-old joined the Hammers from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 for around £17 million (The Sun).

The experienced attacker seems to play far more directly for his country.

Andriy Yarmolenko is a different animal when playing for Ukraine (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

He floats out on the right hand side for the Ukraine but plays much more central than he does for West Ham.

One obvious problem for Yarmo is that he is given six or seven minutes here and there by David Moyes. Conversely, he plays the full 90 minutes for his country all of the time.

Because the 31-year-old has such little time to impress for the Hammers, he tries ridiculous stopovers, no-look passes and flicks in order to stand out.

This quite simply doesn’t work though.

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Andriy Yarmolenko in action for Ukraine (Photo by Oscar J. Barroso / AFP7 / Europa Press Sports / Getty Images)

Moyes needs to have a word with him. He needs to simplify his game, just like he does for the Ukraine.


Perhaps he should give Yarmolenko a cache to prove his worth for more than just a few minutes here and there as well.

There is undoubtedly a top-class player in there somewhere. It’s Moyes’s job to extract the best he can from the former Dortmund man.

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And if the West Ham boss can find a way of bringing the best out of Yarmo, he could still be a very useful player for us this season.

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