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Yarmo poses a huge question – can we let him walk away?

By Hughie Southon

Andriy Yarmolenko begins to look like a man who is playing for a new West Ham contract!

Such a thought would have been unthinkable until his return to the last two games but he has suddenly become the hero of the club.

He’s been through far too much like the rest of his countrymen, women and children –  and to show the amazing strength of character – along with some of the best football he has played for us against Villa and Seville – speaks absolute volumes for him.

This is not only about emotion although Nobes crying for him  after the game following the winning goal sums up how we all felt.

But he is suddenly demonstrating an amazing football brain and his goals were beyond astonishing in that they kept up in the Premier League top six and pushed us into the quarter finals of the Europa Cup.

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The question  now is can we afford to let him go when he has the ability to shrug off the most hideous situation he will ever face and play the sort of football he’s playing now.

It’s one of the most extraordinary turnaround in fortunes I have ever seen in the game and poses a big question for the manager when those contracts start to be discussed.

Can we let Yarmo walk away on a free?

I really don’t think we can!

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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

8 comments on “Yarmo poses a huge question – can we let him walk away?

  1. He’s started to show some of the qualities he had when he first arrived, his international record speaks for itself. I don’t think he’s been given enough of a chance in the last couple of seasons.

  2. He is inspired at the moment, if he keeps playing this way then get him an extension COYI!!!

  3. When others were calling for Yarmolenko to be sold and telling everyone they never wanted to see Yarmolenko play for our club again, I was saying play him up front. He plays well as a striker for his country against the best players in the world and regularly scores. When others were calling for Moyes to be got rid of and replaced with Pellegrini I was saying stupid to get rid of Moyes considering the difference he was clearly making and the progression of the team under him. When Antonio was playing as a right back I said he was wasted, stick him up front. When people were calling for Cresswell to be sold I said, no he was once hammer of the year and will come good again under Moyes. Guess I was right every time. That’s Karma for you.

    • Blimey, you’re the manager we have been missing all these years!

    • Certainly agree with you, Clive, on the Moyes point, and let’s not forget that there have been calls for Moyes to go in the last month or so too! Yarmo’s scored some big goals for us, including the winner against Chelsea after the first lockdown, if I remember rightly, which really got the Moyes Show up and running. I think Yarmo looks great as a sub anywhere in the forward line, but not sure he’s a starter. I think his lack of mobility is a bit of a problem for him these days. I love the guy, though, and would love it if Moyes offered him a new deal.

  4. I was one very critical of his input a few months ago I admit – but no I think we must make him an offer now surely? Big game winners are gold dust!!!

  5. Likewise Lanzini

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