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The case for Yarmolenko

Blog by Sean Whetstone

Andriy Yarmolenko has averaged 0.32 goals per 90 minutes this season, more than any other West Ham player.

He has only just returned from a long term injury but he has proved he can be a match-winner before and should be given a chance again to prove himself. Yarmolenko has turned out to be a bit of a Marmite figure at West Ham with some not rating him while others like myself prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Moyes bought on him for just nine minutes against Wolves but he had precious little time to make an impact with West Ham already one-nil down. If I was David Moyes I would be sorely tempted to start him against Chelsea next Wednesday to allow him to put his mark on the game.

I believe he can still re-find his form he displayed including two goals against Everton last season and goals against Norwich, Manchester United and Bournemouth.

We need someone who can score goals and Yarmolenko could be our unsung hero!

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

8 comments on “The case for Yarmolenko

  1. i agree. not sure moyes has the necessary to do so. worth a try at least.Nothing to lose.If it doesnt work at least tried-change it.

  2. He seems to be a more natural finisher than Antonio with pace and he is a big lad. Has to be worth a shot up front in a move not to dissimilar to Arnautovic in the past. We need to start taking our chances when we get them as we can’t expect all the teams around us not to pick up points. Stick him up front with Antonio with Bowen playing just behind them. I agree completely with the other article about playing three at the back as well. Let’s not go down with a whimper. That’s all I ask regardless of whether we stay up or go down, just put up a fight

    • Jarrod is an out and out right winger Paul. Has been throughout his career. Let’s not play him out of position, He was perhaps the best on the park the other night

      • I agree Hugh, Bowen is on form & confident at the moment, don’t take him out of position. Not sure if Yarmolenko could play on the left side, worth a shot if he can maybe..

        Also not sure about the 3 at the back thing, only because I think we really need Rice in the midfield right now.

  3. Agree, have said this a few times he could play up front as a 9, especially when we are so desperately in need of one right now, he has the skill, can hold the ball up, play others in, and does know how to score

  4. A no brainer, he”s got talent, can score he can not be any worse than whe’s playing now.

  5. Yarmolenko personifies eveeyrhing that is wrong wirh west han. He is overpaid and underperforms. Maybe you shiuld show more faith in Moyes instead of calling for him to be sacked after three more games. This team is goiing down because rhey signed players like Yarmolenko. He is a waste of time. Never delivers jist like Pellegrini.i would rather give Ajeri a chance..why clutch at straws?

  6. He often plays as a striker for Ukraine, we need goals play him as second striker, Fornals or Lanzini on left wing and Jarrod on right. Rice and Soucek in central midfield. Noble has been high on effort but short on delivering anything meaningful all season. Play Ngakia also at right back he is head and shoulders ahead of Fredericks.

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