Andriy Yarmolenko heading for quick West Ham exit? Yesterday’s awful cameo appearance may well be one of the last times we see the Ukrainian play for the Hammers in a Premier League match that has any kind of meaning.
The 31-year-old joined West Ham from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 for around £17 million (The Sun).
Yarmo’s Hammers career never really got started, however, after he suffered a a serious Achilles tendon injury in October 2018.
He just hasn’t been the same player since. And his performance yesterday against Manchester United left a lot to be desired.
Andriy Yarmolenko heading for quick West Ham exit?
The former Dortmund attacker came on as a 68th minute substitute in place of Nikola Vlasic.
He was very poor, however, and looked like he really didn’t care. That was the worst thing about his performance.
Putting in an under par display is only forgivable if you put everything on the line physically.
That quite simply wasn’t the case yesterday for Yarmo.
Sky Sports commentator Rob Hawthorn noticed Moyes berating Yarmolenko after he casually allowed Harry Maguire to chest the ball down to Fred under no real pressure:
“I’m not sure David Moyes was entirely happy with the efforts of Andriy Yarmolenko there. Still the dialogue is ongoing between the West Ham manager and the Ukrainian forward, who he has just brought on. He certainly wants to see more from him.”
That’s quite simply not good enough for a player with Yarmolenko’s experience and quality.
Moyes won’t stand for it. He demands so much more from his players. And because of the Ukrainian’s display yesterday, it will be very surprising to see him take part for West Ham in any game of significance again this season.