West Ham are reportedly set to have Andriy Yarmolenko challenging Michail Antonio for his starting spot ahead of their season opener against Newcastle United, according to Claret & Hugh (via West Ham Central).
Antonio was in impressive form for David Moyes’ side during the 2020/21 season, as the Hammers finished sixth in the Premier League table.
The former Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday man netted ten goals and was on hand to provide five assists for West Ham in all competitions last term, and will be keen to hit the ground running in the new league campaign.
But he didn’t have a considerable amount of competition for his starting spot last season, with injuries to the Englishman often leaving Moyes struggling for options up front.
The Ukraine international meanwhile made just one league start for the Hammers in the 2020/21 season, but caught the eye with some strong showings during the European Championships for his country, as they reached the Quarter-Final stage of the competition.
He earns a reported wage of £100,000 per-week with the Hammers.
West Ham seemingly haven’t been in a hurry to add to their attacking options ahead of the new Premier League campaign, which might come as a surprise to a few of the club’s supporters given their side will be competing in European competitions this season.
And plenty of West Ham United supporters took to social media to react to the news that Yarmolenko could be the player to be the club’s second-choice option in attack for their game against Steve Bruce’s side.
Take a look at the best of the reaction from Twitter below….
West Ham fans fume
“Zero shock, we are clearly utterly skint. If they thought Burnley was bad if they don’t get there cash out it is gonna be a lot lot worse.”
“Moyes should walk if this is true.”
“If this is the case, the club should just make a statement that we have 0 money so we can move on. Painful.”
“If we do no business need to riot our best chance to concrete top 10 and we do nothing.”
“Getting boring and repetitive.”
“There’s absolutely no excuse not to sign a striker with all the time we’ve had to sort this out. Absolutely none.”
“Oh my god if this happens I can’t watch us this season.”
“This could single handedly ruin our season.”
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