West Ham United pulled off a great result in the Premier League yesterday, defeating Manchester United 2-0 at the London Stadium. Aaron Cresswell’s sublime free-kick finished the game off but it was Andriy Yarmolenko’s hammered finish that gave West Ham the early advantage.
It was a big moment for the Ukrainian. He only recently returned to action following an Achilles tendon rupture and this was his second goal since his comeback. Yarmolenko only managed nine Premier League games before injury struck following his reported (The Standard) £17.5 million move from Borussia Dortmund.
Jamie Redknapp, son of former West Ham boss Harry and current Sky Sports pundit, wrote of Yarmolenko’s goal in his Daily Mail column this weekend.
He revealed that a slightly more famous Ukrainian footballer has told him all about Yarmolenko’s potential at West Ham.
“Scoring against Manchester United must have felt extra special for West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko.
“The Ukrainian forward tore his Achilles last year, and it prevented us all from getting to see his quality. I’ve heard great things about him from Andriy Shevchenko, and hope he can stay fit and show us what he can do now.”
Shevchenko may have struggled in England, but the Ukrainian national team boss was a goal demon at AC Milan where he won the Ballon d’Or in 2004. So his footballing opinion is certainly more than valid.
Of course, West Ham fans are well aware of Shevchenko-Redknapp tales at West Ham. Harry Redknapp infamously decided not to sign the Ukrainian legend as a teenager, as he told the Daily Mail in 2009.
Now it seems the younger Redknapp is chummy with Shevchenko, perhaps through their mutual love of golf or Laureus ambassador roles, and has received assurances from him that his countryman will come good at West Ham.
If the winger can stay fit, West Ham fans could be in for a treat this season.