West Ham manager David Moyes addressed the media yesterday and responded when asked whether Andriy Yarmolenko could start against Tottenham.
The Hammers head to north London tomorrow to take on Tottenham in what will be a hugely important game for both sides.
West Ham are currently sitting in sixth spot in the Premier League table, only ahead of seventh placed Spurs due to a superior goal difference.
We absolutely cannot afford to lose at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the race for the top six continues to heat up.
The mood at the London Stadium is unbelievable at the moment after our tremendous win over Sevilla on Thursday night.
However, the problem is that the West Ham players were run into the ground after the game went into extra-time. And with such a short turnaround period, David Moyes may well be tempted into making some changes.
Moyes responds to Yarmolenko question ahead of Tottenham vs West Ham
Michail Antonio is one Hammers player who has looked particularly tired over the past few months. How on earth he played 120 minutes on Thursday night after he picked up a knock against Aston Villa last weekend is anyone’s guess.
And it will be interesting to see whether the 31-year-old is ready to go again tomorrow. The problem for Moyes is that he doesn’t have any option in reserve apart from Yarmolenko, with Jarrod Bowen still out injured.
Moyes spoke to reporters and responded when asked whether Yarmolenko could start at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tomorrow, as quoted by Football.London:
“He’s been really important to us in the last two games. He’s scored two vital goals. There’s no doubting the quality he’s got. He is a really good footballer and we’re pleased he’s helping the team with the contributions he’s making at this time.”
Yarmolenko has been exceptional for West Ham over the past six days.
Considering what is going on in his home country at the moment, the 32-year-old’s efforts have almost been super-human.
Yarmo scored against Aston Villa in the Premier League and Sevilla in the Europa League having come on as a substitute in both games.
The experienced attacker is yet to start a Premier League game for West Ham this season though. So it would be a huge surprise if Moyes throws him in at the deep end tomorrow from the start.
If Antonio isn’t quite fit enough to play against Spurs, however, Yarmolenko has proven over the past week that he is still more than capable of doing a job for us at the very highest level.