West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has praised the form of Andriy Yarmolenko and has explained he’s playing the way he knew he could when he moved to the London Stadium.
The Hammers signed the winger from Borussia Dortmund for £17.5million (Sky Sports) in the 2018 summer transfer window.
He unfortunately managed just 10 appearances across all competitions during his debut season due to a long-term injury.
But the 29-year-old has been back to fitness recently and started the new campaign on fire for West Ham.
The right-winger has played six Premier League games this season and scored three goals in return so far.
Yarmolenko has netted three times in his last four league games to fully announce his arrival at the club and he’s quickly becoming a fans’ favourite.
The Ukraine international is someone that likes to cut in from the right to his favoured left foot and is extremely dangerous in front of goal, while he’s shown an incredible work-rate too that is crucial in wide areas.
“He (Yarmolenko) is playing in the way we expected when we bought him. Last year he was playing well against big teams also, but he had that bad injury. He is returning well and keeps playing well,” Pellegrini said in his press conference, as quoted by the club’s official website.
There has never been any doubting Yarmolenko’s ability and he can be a serious player for West Ham moving forward for West Ham this season if he stays fit.
The dazzling wide player is showing a confidence in front of goal right now and looks threatening when he pushes forward, while defenders don’t like playing against him.
He’s part of an exciting attacking unit that has helped fire the Hammers to fifth in the Premier League table and the aim has to be to try sneak into the European spots this season.
Yarmolenko can play a massive role in the team’s ambitions this year and should be confident ahead of the home fixture against Crystal Palace at the weekend.