West Ham United enigma Andriy Yarmolenko has sent a message to David Moyes by showing real striker instincts as he scored yet another goal for Ukraine.

West Ham fans have found themselves trying to explain to rival supporters how Yarmolenko does not get in the Hammers side after almost every international break.

Yarmolenko shone on the big stage with Ukraine at the Euros during the summer.

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Yarmo edges ever closer to legendary Shevchenko’s Ukraine goal record

And Ukraine’s record appearance holder continues to edge ever closer to beating his manager Andriy Shevchenko’s goal record with two goals bringing his total to 44 from 104 games – just four off the legendary striker.

West Ham’s £17.5 million signing is something of an enigma.

International football is considered the elite level of the game and Yarmolenko continues to excel on that stage.

He is nothing more than a bit-part player under Moyes, though.

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West Ham’s enigma does it again on the biggest stage

And when he has been given a chance in the West Ham side, he has struggled to really make an impression. Some fans – and Moyes – have questioned his desire and workrate too.

Well there was no shortage of that for Ukraine against Bosnia last night as he showed desire, pace and a real striker’s instinct to burst into the box, evade his marker and coolly slot home a driven cross at the far post.

West Ham fans once again quipped that Yarmolenko must have a twin that plays for them.

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Moyes needs more from Yarmolenko but Scot must be braver when it’s not happening for Antonio

But his latest international goals – he scored a wonderful right-footed strike from outside the box against Finland the game before – will almost certainly give Moyes food for thought.


Given West Ham’s lack of forward options, the Scot could do with some contributions from the Yarmolenko that turns up for Ukraine.

And not just as a last resort when Michail Antonio is injured.

Because there are games – like against Southampton and Brentford – where it simply isn’t happening for Antonio and Moyes needs to be braver and try something different.

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West Ham’s temporary backup striker right under their noses all along?

The West Ham boss stated himself Yarmolenko could be used as a forward.

He certainly doesn’t have the pace or physicality to get up and down playing out wide like a Jarrod Bowen does.

So he must be used as a striker option from now on, even as part of a two with Antonio.

He is proving he can do it with his performances and goals for Ukraine.

Given Yarmolenko’s record against Everton, perhaps he could get that chance if the game against the Toffees is in the balance on the Sunday.

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