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Yarmolenko offers to fight Ukrainian pundit who criticised him

Andriy Yarmolenko endured a tricky start to his West Ham career but recovered after the last international break.

His recent form has dispelled most criticism, but he still was on the receiving end from a pundit in his native Ukraine.

The Hammers wideman was criticised by Wladimir Kobelkov after the 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Friday night; and has not held back in his response.

Yarmolenko has appeared to offer Kobelkov out to a fight after that criticism; but surely a player of his experience and repute should have a little bit more composure?

What did he say?

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Speaking to XSport, he said: “In my youth, I fought a lot. There was wins and there were losses. It’s normal for a boy, for a man. I want to announce my next fight.

“I don’t want to listen to that Kobelkov any longer. I want to call him out for a fight and get my revenge on all those things he’s said on air. I’m waiting for an answer.”

Loss of composure

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Obviously no player likes hearing negative comments about themselves but it’s a part of the modern game.

Football is a game of opinions and although Yarmolenko may not like what Kobelkov had to say, he’s gone about dealing with it in the wrong way.

Yarma cannot go around offering out any pundit he doesn’t agree with; and if he shows that short fuse on the pitch, opponents will soon exploit it as well.

Yarmolenko must rise above this sort of thing; a player with his experience should know better by now.

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