Everton took on West Ham United this afternoon. It was certainly an opening 44 minutes to forget from the Toffees. They found themselves 2-0 down after a poor start to the game. The player who put Everton to the sword early on was Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko.
He smashed home a close-range finish after good work by Marko Arnautovic. He then scored a trademark goal. Everton inexplicably allowed the former Borussia Dortmund winger a chance to shift the ball onto his left foot on the edge of the box. The result was predictable. He smashed home a fantastic goal that fans have surely seen him do on numerous occasions with Ukraine and Dynamo Kiev.
Everton will no doubt remember him well. During a Europa League clash in 2015 between Everton and Dynamo Kiev it was Yarmolenko who tore them apart. Everton lost the game in question 5-2 with Roberto Martinez’s side put to the sword.
It was no surprise that summer that Everton were linked with the player. As reported by the BBC, a £14.25m deal was close to being agreed between the two clubs.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo the deal fell apart. Kiev’s president felt his player deserved to join a bigger club. Despite his agent visiting Goodison Park at one point, the deal never happened.
Three years on and Everton have again been put to the sword by the Ukrainian, losing 3-1 at Goodison Park.
It is now three years worth of hindsight, but Everton must wonder what might have been had they secured the Ukrainian’s signature.