It’s hard to find faults within the current West Ham side as they continue to impress and exceed expectations in the Premier League this season, sitting third in the table currently.
However, we do expect David Moyes to be looking to add quality and consistency to his already high functioning side, as he will be keen to keep up with the top four quality of Liverpool and Manchester City, to hopefully achieve a Champions League spot at the end of the season.
That said, Andriy Yarmolenko, who was once dubbed as “special” by his teammate, Declan Rice, has embarked on a poor run form as of late that could easily see the £100k-p/w player benched or worse, axed and moved on completely from the London club, especially if Moyes does well in the January transfer window.
Jesse Lingard is strongly connected with a move back to West Ham in a permanent deal, which will likely push Yarmolenko out of the team, depending on how Moyes decides to use the Manchester United midfielder’s versatility in the attacking third, should he re-join the side in the next few months.
They may receive a helping hand in landing that deal by shifting their offensive dud on in the next few months, a move that could potentially save the club millions when it comes to expending the cash received, rather than having to dig deeper into their current war chest instead.
Yarmolenko’s biggest problem at West Ham is his bad run of injuries which has seen the winger become an unreliable member of the squad. In fact, the Ukrainian has had seven separate incidents of injury or illness over the last three seasons with the East London club, and as a result, has ultimately become a liability for the side.
Moyes could capitalise on an opportunity to sell the winger back to Dynamo Kiev in January or the summer, as their president, Ihor Surkis spoke out to confirm the interest of bringing the player back to his home club, on NV Sport;
“There is no such agreement, but it depends on both parties. If Andriy has a desire, I will gladly give him the opportunity to end his career at his home club. I have great respect for what he did for Dynamo, and I consider him a very decent man.”
West Ham will be hoping to continue their run of fantastic form as the Premier League returns this weekend, as the Hammers travel to the Molineux on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately for Yarmolenko, he will probably play a minimal role for that game and beyond.