West Ham United boss David Moyes has praised the professionalism of Andriy Yarmolenko amid uncertainty over his future.
Yarmolenko has been a peripheral figure at West Ham under Moyes despite being the club’s highest earner on around £115,000 per week.
Some of that has been down to persistent injury issues.
But the West Ham attacker has reminded everyone of his talent by starring at Euro 2020 for Ukraine – until they were knocked out by Declan Rice’s England in the quarter-final on Saturday night.
‘Wantaway’ Yarmolenko linked with Hammers departure
There has been much speculation over Yarmolenko’s West Ham future – particularly off the back of his performances at the Euros.
The likes of Calcio Mercato Web have claimed the player wants out of West Ham this summer.
The 31-year-old still has a year left on his contract and insiders Claret and Hugh claim West Ham will look for a minimum of £5 million to sell him.
With European football added to the mix for West Ham next season, Moyes needs to beef up his squad.
And some fans believe the Scot should keep Yarmolenko around for exactly that reason rather than let him go for next to nothing.
Moyes hails Euro 2020 star’s quality and attitude
Ukraine’s captain is a popular player with his teammates who describe him as a ‘joker’.
While his future remains uncertain, Moyes has come out and praised Yarmolenko’s quality and professionalism in his column in The Times.
“Andriy Yarmolenko is a footballer with terrific technical ability and a mentality that allows him to thrive on such a grand stage,” Moyes said in The Times when discussing the player’s impact at the Euros.
“What Andriy has produced at Euro 2020 is typical — he has bent one in from the outside of the box with that lovely left foot of his, but he has also scored a tap-in and provided two assists. This is someone who can produce for a team in a number of ways, including conjuring a goal from nothing.
“The biggest compliment I can pay is to describe him as a footballer who loves his football. What do I mean by that? We live in a world where not all players are driven by an appetite to train and play, whereas Andriy is one who, if not involved with the first team, will choose to have a game with the under-23s.
‘His professionalism is something I greatly respect’
“Certain stars who have been at his level would never feel the need to do that, but he really wants to get on the pitch. His professionalism is something I greatly respect.”
It sounds as though Moyes would be in favour of keeping Yarmolenko around for the final year of his contract.
But it could be that the West Ham manager needs to offload his big salary to help make room on the wage bill for new arrivals.
Time will tell.