Steve Bruce has had to tend with a huge list of injuries at Newcastle United over the past month, even with Dwight Gayle and Paul Dummett being forced off in the first half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Wolves. A new winger will be at the top of his list.
Along with Gayle – who can play out wide – Allan Saint-Maximin, Emil Krafth, Joelinton and Yoshinori Muto are all injured. The Toon’s current options out wide are Miguel Almiron, Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie. It is clear Bruce needs a winger.
Meanwhile, David Moyes has made an impressive start to life in his second spell as West Ham manager. The challenge for Moyes is to manage his high-profile players – and one particular case could see Andriy Yarmolenko out on loan.
The 30-year-old has struggled with an enormous amount of injuries since he joined the club for £17.5million (Standard) in the summer of 2018. Indeed, it has seen West Ham manage just 25 appearances for the Hammers in 18 months.
However, in those matches he has shown he is more than capable of shining in England’s top tier. He has scored five goals for the Hammers, he has scored against Manchester United and even netted a brace against Everton last season.
According to a report from the Sunday People (12/1; page 51), West Ham are willing to let Yarmolenko leave on loan this month in order for the winger to get some game time in the Premier League – in order to give Moyes more money to play with.
Yarmolenko earns a whopping £115,000 a week at West Ham, the club’s highest earner according to Spotrac. Even if the Hammers request half of Yarmolenko’s pay cheque during his loan spell, they will still be saving more £55,000 a week.
But Newcastle should consider a move to sign the 86-time international in order to ease the injury woes out wide. His skill, eye for goal and experience would prove crucial in helping Newcastle in their bid for a top-half finish – if he can stay fit.