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Opinion: West Ham must be patient with Yarmolenko

Opinion: West Ham must be patient with Yarmolenko

After such a promising transfer window, West Ham’s start to the new season has been absolutely shocking. 

The Hammers, of course, have had to play both Liverpool and Arsenal in their opening four fixtures but, as well as the actual results, performances have also been poor.

Manuel Pellegrini arrived in the summer — with a host of summer signings — with the expectation of bringing a sexy brand of football to the London Stadium. The former Manchester City manager, though, has yet to deliver that and has West Ham sitting at the bottom of the Premier League table with zero points.

Pellegrini has since come in for criticism, but he is not the only new arrival to be on the receiving end.

Andriy Yarmolenko, who joined the the club from Borussia Dortmund, like Pellegrini, also came to east London with big things expected of him.

The 28-year-old, however, has yet to start a game in the Premier League and has looked unconvincing when brought on from the bench.

West Ham supporters, though, should not be too hasty and give up on the Ukrainian so easily.

As with Pellegrini, £18m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Yarmolenko, too, needs time to adapt before he can really make his mark at the club.

In West Ham’s squad, Yarmolenko is technically one of the best, with only Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic possessing more technical skill.

The Ukraine international can be a real handful for defenders cutting in from the right-hand side with his left foot before creating a chance for a team-mate or firing a shot towards goal.

But opportunities for Yarmolenko to do so have been limited with the former Borussia Dortmund man’s only start of the campaign so far coming against AFC Wimbledon in a 3-1 victory in the Carabao Cup, a victory where AFC Wimbledon shut up shop completely in the areas where Yarmolenko is at his most dangerous.

Yarmolenko has way too much ability to be written off so quickly, the ex-Dynamo Kyiv player can still come good but must be afforded the time by his manager and supporters.

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