It was a depressing night’s viewing for West Ham United boss David Moyes as the drab Euros continue.
UEFA’s showpiece competition has been completely ruined after it was robbed of any jeopardy since being expanded to 24 teams five years ago.
And the multi-city format has only added to the distinct lack of buzz.
With top teams meandering through to the knockouts, the big interest for West Ham fans and Moyes has been eyeing up potential summer transfer targets.
Miserable night’s viewing for Moyes as drab Euros continue
The Hammers boss would have been a keen observer of a rare thing at this Euros – a game with something riding on it – when Ukraine took on Austria this evening.
So while watching those two in action Moyes could also keep tabs on West Ham fringe player Andriy Yarmolenko.
On the other side, former West Ham star Marko Arnautovic – first converted to a striker by Moyes – was back in the Austria side for his first international start since last November.
Quartet with West Ham links fail to shine in latest dreary encounter
Well it was a miserable game for Moyes to witness in truth as all four players failed to shine.
Arnautovic fluffed his lines by missing two sitters and offered very little besides.
Zinchenko was woeful, his erratic passing and lack of composure costing Ukraine on several occasions.
World sees the real Yarmo and Marko fluffs his lines
Yarmolenko was equally poor, being completely pocketed by excellent new Real Madrid defender David Alaba.
West Ham’s best paid player has grabbed some headlines in the first two games with two goals and an assist.
But against a very average Austria team he showed what West Ham fans have seen all too often – a lack of physicality and pace which renders him something of a passenger.
Yaremchuk was the best of a bad bunch showing some flashes of what he might be able to do in a better team.
But the powerful striker looked very one-paced and was starved of any real goalmouth action.
It seems Moyes and West Ham will just have to keep looking.