West Ham United ended the summer transfer window with a bang but perhaps it could’ve been even better had they secured that elusive new forward to bolster David Moyes’ frontline.
And already, the Irons have caught a glimpse of what could’ve been after mooted target Roman Yaremchuk continued his fine form for Ukraine earlier this week.
Back in June, the Express first linked the prolific 6 foot 3 talisman with a move to the London Stadium, following an impressive campaign for Gent in the Belgian top-flight.
Eventually, it would be Portuguese giants Benfica that took the punt on him and after his wonder-strike against Kazakhstan.
Just 90 seconds into the match, the 30-time Ukraine centre-forward received the ball on his chest some 35 yards out from goal, before chesting it down again and unleashing a sublime dipping volley over the goalkeeper and into the net.
Roman Yaremchuk may have already scored the goal of the week! 🇺🇦
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You can’t help but feel that the Hammers missed a trick here, especially as he’d offer a vastly different presence to Michail Antonio, who is certainly in need of a rotational option behind him, with a Europa League campaign on the horizon.
Speaking about his form this summer, journalist Zach Lowry said: “Roman Yaremchuk has had a phenomenal tournament so far. Definitely going to get a move to a top 5 league soon.”
And he wasn’t the only one to wax lyrical about the £15.75m-rated forward.
When Yaremchuk faced England in the knockout stages, former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge described him as a “problem” to Gareth Southgate’s backline.
Yes, he’s undoubtedly one of the best and most lethal attackers in the Premier League right now but it’s still early days and the lack of a true backup should be a major cause for concern.
Seeing Yaremchuk score just an outrageous goal will surely have the Scotsman rueing his big mistake to not sign another frontman this summer.