Summer signing Andriy Yarmolenko could be set to spend five months on the sidelines for West Ham.
The Ukrainian international arrived at the club for £17m from Borussia Dortmund. After being plagued with injuries during his time in Germany, a move to England was seen as a fresh start to get his career back on track. After making a decent start to life in the Premier League, his progress was cut short by an Achilles problem that could see him miss half a year’s worth of action.
His absence will come as a real blow to Manuel Pellegrini who relied on the winger as a valuable source of goals and creativity. With Manuel Lanzini also on the treatment table, the former Manchester City boss would be wise to target another forward when the transfer window reopens in January. One man he should try to sign is Nice star – Allan Saint-Maximin.
Valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, the 21-year-old was tipped to be a future star after progressing through the ranks at Monaco. After failing to break into the first-team, he was sold to Lille last summer where he began to show his worth. Saint-Maximin netted five goals and registered seven assists in all competitions during his debut season.
The Frenchman has started the new campaign in a similar vein, scoring two and assisting two in his first 11 Ligue 1 appearances. With bags of pace and trickery, the winger would be the perfect replacement for Yarmolenko. His directness and willingness to beat a man would make him an instant hit with the West Ham faithful.
West Ham fans, thoughts?