Yarmolenko has missed the past five Premier League matches after sustaining a knee ligament injury in the goalless draw with Fulham early in February, but it now looks as if he will be able to provide David Moyes with another attacking option during the run-in as the Hammers, currently fifth, look to secure European football.
The 31-year-old Ukrainian netted five Premier League goals last season but has yet to score in the competition this term. In fact, four of his seven goal involvements in all competitions came in a 5-1 Carabao Cup rout of Hull City back in September.
He has averaged only 0.5 shots, 0.4 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per game this season (via WhoScored) and has been statistically the second-worst performer still in Moyes’ squad in 2020/21. He has also attracted scorn from numerous Irons fans over some of his performances in recent months.
These supporters weren’t overly enthused at learning of Yarmolenko’s return to first team training:
These Hammers don’t expect Yarmolenko to offer a great deal
“Next out the door, no fight in the man whatsoever, needs replacing surely”
“Amazing – he makes Noble look quick”
“That’s a shame”
“Dub for him but L”
“I forgot about him”
“Underwhelming news. Sadly.”
“Can we not put David Martin on the wing instead? He’ll put in more effort and won’t lose the ball every 30seconds by trying stupid flicks…”
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