Andriy Yarmolenko betrayed David Moyes with a sloppy horror show at Southampton as West Ham United were forced to settle for a point on Tuesday night.
Yarmolenko had featured for a mere 151 top-flight minutes this season before travelling to the south coast, where he would replace joint-top goalscorer Jarrod Bowen in the squad, but saw his evening end in the 72nd-minute after leaving an underwhelming representation of his potential on the field.
Moyes has previously described Yarmolenko as being “good competition” for the wide roles in his West Ham squad, but will be unlikely to look fondly on the £7m-rated dud anytime soon after his wasteful efforts against Southampton.
The Saints often struggled to find an answer to the 31-year-old when the former Borussia Dortmund forward made the right decisions, though often opted for the wrong route with a relentless preference to cut in onto his favoured left foot.
His lack of an end product ultimately ensured Moyes introduced Bowen in search of a winning effort in the closing stages, having seen his sole striker, Sebastien Haller, left to cut an isolated figure with service into the Ivory Coast international too thin and far between.
All in all, Yarmolenko accounted for two of West Ham’s total attempted crosses at St. Mary’s yet completed just one delivery while falling short with three of five attempted dribbles, per SofaScore.
He additionally offered no key balls from 17 accurate passes, just one more than goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, while losing five of 10 ground duels and possession on 13 occasions.
The assistant referee further flagged Yarmolenko offside twice, while referee Andy Medley whistled for one foul on the Ukraine star who left the field with one successful tackle, an interception and a clearance to his name.
Moyes likely offered Yarmolenko a chance to impress with West Ham playing twice in 48 hours, but will think again before handing the £17.5m Manuel Pellegrini signing another start anytime soon.