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Can David Moyes 'do an Arnautovic' with Andriy Yarmolenko to solve West Ham striker problem?
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Can David Moyes 'do an Arnautovic' with Andriy Yarmolenko to solve West Ham striker problem?

West Ham United boss David Moyes may not have much money to spend this month.

The likes of Claret & Hugh have claimed the transfer kitty will be small again for the January window.

It comes after a net spend of just £25million over the last two transfer windows under Manuel Pellegrini.

The lack of ambition has been exposed during West Ham’s disappointing season so far.

The Hammers’ torrid form cost Pellegrini his job in the end.

And that paved the way for the return of Moyes. The appointment was far from popular.

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So far so good for unpopular choice Moyes

But it is a case of so far so good with for the Scot with a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth on New Year’s Day and a 2-0 win over Gillingham in the FA Cup.

West Ham fans know there are tougher tests to come.

And the squad remains sorely lacking in several key areas, notably midfield and up front.

Sebastien Haller is West Ham’s only proven senior striker. And he has struggled playing up front on his own.

Andriy Yarmolenko started the season in great form. But he, like the team, tailed off.

Currently injured, Yarmolenko is yet to feature under Moyes.

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Could Scot ‘do an Arnautovic’ with hot and cold Yarmolenko?

But could the Ukraine attacker be converted into a forward by his new boss, just like Marko Arnautovic was to great effect last time around.

Like Arnautovic did in the wide role for West Ham, Yarmolenko blows hot and cold.

He does not possess the pace and power that Arnautovic had. But he does have serious pedigree, technical ability and deadly finishing.

Usually deployed as a winger, Yarmolenko is often found out when he is forced to get up and down and help out defensively. He tires easily in that position in the frenetic English game.

But Ukraine have started using him as a forward and with excellent results.

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Gifted Yarmo has the tools to succeed as a second striker

Yarmolenko has nearly 40 goals in just under 90 appearances for his country.

And he could be the perfect foil for Haller up front. His abilities and style are similar to that of strikers such as Dennis Bergkamp, Teddy Sheringham and Paolo Di Canio over the years. None of them were blessed with pace but still operated as top class forwards in the English game.

In what proved to be the only game where Yarmolenko was given licence to get close to Haller up front this season the pair combined to score a fantastic goal – in the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth.

If Moyes can work his magic again it may mean he can spend what money he does have on an all-important midfielder this month.