West Ham United have a future on the horizon that does not feature Andriy Yarmolenko after the Ukranian suffered a ruptured achilles in the London derby with Tottenahm Hotspur on Saturday.
A ruptured achilles will usually rule a player out for the best part of six months, but the effects are more long lasting as it will take time before a return to peak capabilities is possible.
For West Ham, this possibly leaves the east London club looking at the remainder of the season without a player who has been key thus far since making his debut against Liverpool on the back of a £18million move from Borussia Dortmund.
Without the 6 foot 2 winger, Michail Antonio is the likely replacement on the right hand flank of Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Hammers fans, though, would rather see the Chilean adopt a two-striker formation and start second-half-substitute Javier Hernandez alongside Marko Arnautovic against Leicester City at the weekend, after showing promising signs in the pair’s half-hour together against Tottenham.
Yarmolenko out for 6 months at least by the sounds of things.
Perfect time to play Hernandez alongside Arnie. Think they’d both benefit from having someone alongside them and they seemed to link up well together yesterday!
— Neil Cooper (@NCHammer1980) October 21, 2018
Hernandez done enough for me to start along side Arnie next week. We lack creativity at the moment and with Yarmolenko being injured moss a good time to get that partnership some game time.
— ˗ˏˋ JΔMES ˊˎ˗ (@JameswhufcJones) October 20, 2018
Shame to come out as losers today but I thought we gave it a go in the 2nd half&really caused Tottenham problems.Hernandez deserves to start v Leicester,his link up play with Arnautovic despite1 being offside was good!Rice was great again today&defence generally did well!#WHUTOT
— Richard Wenn (@Rich_Wenn) October 20, 2018
Him and Arnie linked up well I thought, I feel we do need striker who stays up there, only problem is who do we drop? Yarmalenko being injury obviously open up a spot but when everyone is fit who’ll start? Carroll? Yarmalenko? Hernandez? Whilshere? Good to have these problems!!
— Rigger (@LiamHead7) October 21, 2018
Up top in a 2 with Arnie, and I would play Anderson in the middle where he’s supposed to be
— Nick Roper⚒ (@nickpaulroper1) October 21, 2018
We’ve spent to much money on Anderson to discard him. With Yarmos injury revert to a diamond in Midfield with Anderson in behind apparently his so called best position with Arnie and Hernandez up top @hammers_chat @Ing_Pellegrini
— DAVID FORD (@DavidTFord10) October 21, 2018