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Irish Hammer 11:38 Mon Jun 21
Article on The future for Yarmalenko

Not the most interesting piece but will be interesting to see what happens with him. At 100k a week will be tough to move on.

Andriy Yarmolenko – struggling at West Ham, starring for Ukraine

It was only a matter of minutes after Andriy Yarmolenko arrived at Ukraine’s training base in Kharkiv before Euro 2020 when manager Andriy Shevchenko delivered one simple message.

A dressing room source tells The Athletic that Shevchenko said, “You don’t play in London? Well, now you need to remind everyone how good you are for the national team.”

Those close to the Ukraine coach say he and Yarmolenko have a close bond and when the West Ham United winger was reunited with his team-mates at the end of May, Shevchenko not only told the 31-year-old he remains a focal part of his plans but informed him he would start their warm-up friendlies against Northern Ireland and Cyprus.

He vindicated his manager’s faith, scoring twice in a 4-0 win over Cyprus, and has maintained his form during the Euros. Yarmolenko scored a stunning goal in the opening 3-2 defeat against the Netherlands and put his name on the scoresheet once more in the 2-1 win over North Macedonia, while also registering an assist.

His impact on the tournament may come as a surprise to a few West Ham supporters but the winger has always backed himself to do well, if given the opportunity.

In his post-match interview, after Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and others had frowned on their products earlier in the competition, Yarmolenko joked that Coca-Cola and Heineken should get in touch. But on the evidence of his performances so far, it won’t just be major brands monitoring his form.

Last season, Yarmolenko was a peripheral figure at West Ham, only starting one league game, and he wants to reassess his future this summer. His contract is set to expire after next season, although the club have the option to extend it by a further year. Since joining from Borussia Dortmund for £17.5 million in the summer of 2018, Yarmolenko’s time in the east end has largely been hampered by injuries and a lack of consistency.

In his debut season, he showed a glimpse of his promise with two goals in a 3-1 win at Everton, but four games later he tore an achilles tendon against Tottenham Hotspur and was sidelined for eight months. When he recovered, he took West Ham’s staff — mainly the physios — out to dinner as a thank you for what they had done for him. Then, in the home win over Norwich City early in the 2019-20 season, Yarmolenko ran to the bench to once more thank the physios.

But over the last 20 months, his impact has often been restricted to cameo appearances from the bench.

West Ham may have exceeded expectations to qualify for next season’s Europa League, but it was Jesse Lingard, Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Vladimir Coufal, Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio receiving the plaudits, not Yarmolenko. He played 22 games in all competitions, scoring three times and registering five assists. It was a stop-start season, compounded by testing positive for COVID-19 shortly after the 1-0 win over Fulham in November.

Once he recovered, he appeared as an over-age player in the under-23s’ 3-0 defeat at Peterborough United and was largely ineffective. He then played in league outings against Leicester City and Arsenal but his performances failed to convince manager David Moyes. Yarmolenko’s best performance was in the 5-1 Carabao Cup win over third division Hull City, where he scored twice and provided two assists. But the form of Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma meant he struggled for a regular starting berth.

When fit, Yarmolenko is capable of making an impact. On paper, he is one of the best finishers at the club, with his dramatic late winner against Chelsea in July 2020 a case in point. But he has often been labelled a one-trick pony due to his tendency to cut in onto his favoured left foot.

Given Yarmolenko’s lack of playing time last season, the club could look to offload him this summer. He is paid over £100,000 a week and has struggled to justify that sort of outlay. Squad depth will be key for West Ham next term and selling Yarmolenko would enable Moyes to bring in new personnel.

Yet, in Shevchenko, he plays for a national-team manager who understands him, is aware of his strengths and who gives him the licence to cut inside as many times as he likes. There are some players who tend to perform better for their countries than their clubs, and this applies to Yarmolenko.

It wasn’t long ago the winger was earmarked as being the “new Shevchenko” and although he hasn’t quite fulfilled that billing at club level, there can be few arguments about his impact for their national team.

He has scored 42 goals in 96 caps and there is an added incentive for Yarmolenko to surpass Shevchenko’s all-time record of 48 Ukraine goals having been told on numerous occasions by the former AC Milan and Chelsea forward that he ought to achieve this milestone while he is still manager.

Yarmolenko has scored in three consecutive internationals for the first time since October 2016, and is the first Ukrainian to score in consecutive appearances at a major tournament since Shevchenko did it at the World Cup 15 years ago.

He is a popular member of the dressing room, gets on particularly well with Gent forward Roman Bezus but, more importantly, he is aware this could be his last major tournament. He wore the captain’s armband against North Macedonia and the team will hope he leads by example against Austria on Monday, where a win will see them advance to the last 16.

In Ukraine, most people found it perplexing how late Yarmolenko left it to join a big European side.

He was considered the big heir to Ukrainian football but was already 27 years old when he joined Borussia Dortmund from Dynamo Kyiv. He saw others leave before him, like Yevhen Konoplyanka, who moved to Sevilla in 2015, and Oleksandr Zinchenko, who signed for Manchester City after Euro 2016.

Yet this time, it appears Yarmolenko holds the cards and, providing Ukraine reach the knockout stages of the competition, he could be spoilt for choice in terms of potential suitors.

It is hard to recall the last time Yarmolenko’s stock has been this high, which could be ideal for West Ham whether they want to move him on or harness his new-found confidence next season.

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JayeMPee 2:00 Sat Jun 26
Re: Article on The future for Yarmalenko
Good time to sell him, Euros will have put his value up!

Mex Martillo 1:11 Thu Jun 24
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Opps, your right ludo21 11:51 Thu Jun 24
I thought teams on 3 points hadn’t made it.

Crassus 12:01 Thu Jun 24
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He is an injury prone one trick pony who lacks pace

Everyone knows what he is going to do and the pace of the EPL negates him further

In short, he is a busted flush here

ludo21 11:59 Thu Jun 24
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I haven't watched all of Ukraine's games but obviously he has scored some good goals. In their last game against Austria I couldn't believe my eyes when Yarmalenko ran the whole length of the pitch in the last ten minutes to try and halt an Austrian counterattack... the fact that he didn't get anywhere near the ball made it even more impressive.

He has shown in the Euros that he has something to offer. I'd be quite happy to keep him and tell him he will feature in all the EL (and cup) games... give him an incentive and a clear role. If he does well in those he can challenge for a PL start or impact sub.

ludo21 11:51 Thu Jun 24
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Mex Martillo 10:57 Thu Jun 24

They did.... Ukraine play Sweden next week so another opportunity for Yarmo to shine.

Mex Martillo 10:57 Thu Jun 24
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Well Ukraine didn’t get out of their group.
I can see he will go if we get a half decent offer. I have a feeling we won’t get half decent offers through and that’ll be ok to keep him.

I can’t see Anderson getting offers at all, we will be stuck with him.

Billy Blagg 1:22 Thu Jun 24
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I joked the other night that if I'd heard David Moyes was interested in bringing Yarmalenko to the club we'd be all over it. My feeling Is he'll go but at least we should get a decent bid for him.

Jasnik 9:53 Wed Jun 23
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He has scored similar goals for us , but the issue is he is consistent enough.

Swiss. 9:40 Wed Jun 23
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His experience will be required with the Europa League looming. Unless we get a stupid offer then keep him.

Don't think we'll offload Anderson.

Both will be like new signings next season...cough!

Sniper 12:52 Tue Jun 22
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One commentator nailed it in their second game when he just said ‘I don’t understand why defenders still let him cut inside on his left foot’

I like him, he seems a good character and has ability but he’s expensive, and an injury liability. He could have impact in the europa league games when the pace is slower but his injuries seem to have put an end to any hope of him matching the pace of the premier league. It’s a shame as he was starting to find his feet before his first injury

ironsofcanada 12:18 Tue Jun 22
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dealcanvey 12:08 Tue Jun 22

I would too in a perfect world.

But Anderson is 4 years younger and might actually have some value and less chance that we would need to pay most of his wages.

And for all that Anderson has scored just 2 more goals than Yarmolenko for us.

dealcanvey 12:08 Tue Jun 22
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I'd rather keep Anderson than Yarmalenko.

Always injured.

Turned up at the Euros atleast so hopefully someone stumps up the money for him. Wont be easy to find a taker though.

ironsofcanada 12:05 Tue Jun 22
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Which team is going to pay those wages? Let alone more than a couple million on top of that.

You could try and give him a feel good homecoming but Kiev aren't going to come close.

Unless we are struggling for squad space, which we haven't been for a few years. I would rather keep him for Europe and emergencies rather than pay a good portion of his wages for someone else.

Manuel 11:58 Tue Jun 22
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Russ of the BML 11:53 Tue Jun 22

Agreed. All these 'let's keep him he could be useful in Europe' posters are just dreamers, simple optimists, for me. He won't be of much use and will probably get injured again. Wasn't he out for a couple of months earlier this year with some innocuous injury? He needs to go the same as Anderson needs to go and Haller needed to go.

Russ of the BML 11:53 Tue Jun 22
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Get rid of him. Its good he is having a half decent Euro's as we will get more money for him. And i say half decent as he hasn't been amazing for the Ukraine, just had a few games where he has influenced it and played OK. He will always look half decent for them as he is one of their better players.

But he isn't a PL player now. It's too quick and direct for him. He likes the ball into feet with time and space and he just doesn't get it. His pace has gone and for the Ukraine he isn't ordered to do tracking back and all the hard graft.

Get some dosh in for him and use his salary to pay a player that is more suited to the PL and will be more influential for us.

Huffers 11:51 Tue Jun 22
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His knee injury against Spurs was ironically caused by the way he positions his body because he is reluctant to even stop the ball with his right foot.

Mike Oxsaw 11:51 Tue Jun 22
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We can probably buy him out of his contract with a couple of cocktails and a new squeeze if he knows the true value of things in the real world.

ironsofcanada 11:43 Tue Jun 22
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A healthy Yarmolenko is a real asset coming off the bench in certain games.

But we bought him after a significant injury, later in his career, and are paying him a ridiculous amount for that role.

Not sure how we get out of it without paying a lot of his wages though and he is an experienced European campaigner.

Lily Hammer 11:36 Tue Jun 22
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I was over for that tottenham game, when he done his knee. It was a crying shame, be the was starting to look good and he hasn’t really recovered.

I understand the true point that he could (COULD), help out doing a job next season, but if we can get him off the books, we must, and it saddens me to say it.

If he’s replaced by the kind of player Moyes has brought in so far, we’ll soon get over his loss and be a lot better off for it.

Moncurs Putting Iron 11:02 Tue Jun 22
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I like him as a person and he has much technical ability on his favoured side but this league is just too quick for him.

If he can't be used in a Cash + Player deal we should keep him for Europa games if the opponent is right and for cup games.

Huffers 10:53 Tue Jun 22
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Absolutely he has technical ability. However, he wants the game to be played at the pace it was 40 years ago.

He is a liability in our team. Maybe he stars more when the rest of the team isn't as good as him, like Ukraine.

How any defenders don't know how and where to direct him to render him completely useless, I don't know.

I don't like seeing him on our team sheet but I do however feel he is worth keeping around next season as we would only get around 5m for him and he might come in handy if we have to play in Poland or Russia.

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