West Ham have endured a transfer nightmare with Andriy Yarmolenko.
The 30-year-old has arguably been one of the Irons’ biggest-ever disappointments, having signed in an £18m deal from Borussia Dortmund in July 2018.
Other big-money duds like Sebastian Haller and Felipe Anderson have already been and gone, but it’s the Ukraine veteran that still remains at the London Stadium.
Across the last three-and-a-bit years, the 31-year-old has only been able to record 63 appearances, in which he has delivered ten goals and six assists, via Transfermarkt.
Yarmolenko started just one Premier League game in 2020/21 and is yet to be granted more than a late cameo in the English top-flight this term. It’s just not what you need from one of your highest-paid players.
It’s thought that the versatile 6 foot 2 forward is earning around £115k-per-week in east London, which was more than anyone else before the arrival of World Cup and Champions League winner Kurt Zouma, who is only earning £5k-per-week more, as per Spotrac.
The Hammers have even been said to have been ‘sorry‘ for paying so much for the Ukraine international, which speaks volumes itself.
He is now valued at just €4m (£3.6m) by CIES Football Observatory and that’s hardly a surprise given his lack of game time and quality on the pitch over the past three seasons.
That’s a drastic decrease of 81% for a player that should be in the prime of his career.
By comparison, Jamie Vardy is still doing the business for Leicester City at 34, not to mention Cristiano Ronaldo, who will soon turn 37, and of course, Thiago Silva’s impact at Chelsea, aged 37, cannot be understated.
Once dubbed “special” by teammate Declan Rice, the Hammers’ hierarchy tried to offload Yarmolenko in the summer but that failed to garner much success and that’s no wonder given his decrease in transfer value.
Yarmolenko has been nothing short of a nightmare situation for the club’s owners, GSB. They can count their lucky stars that he’s out of contract at the end of the season, it seems unlikely that anyone will pay a fee for him this January.