‘We could make a few quid’: Some West Ham fans react as ‘top class operator’ shines for country
Some West Ham United fans have been reacting on social media after Andriy Yarmolenko scored for Ukraine in their Euro 2020 defeat to the Netherlands on Sunday.
The Irons forward captained Ukraine at the Amsterdam Arena as Andriy Shevchenko’s side began their European Championship. Yarmolenko had featured four times in qualifying after overcoming an Achilles tendon rupture, and scored once while offering one assist.
Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst gave Holland the lead early in the second half. But Yarmolenko pulled one back with a quarter of an hour remaining in magnificent style, cutting in onto his left foot to find the top corner with a dipping finish.
And four minutes later, Ukraine were level through a Roman Yaremchuk header. But Denzel Dumfries had the final say in the 85th-minute when he restored the Netherlands’ advantage to seal the win.
Yarmolenko in the shop window
Yarmolenko’s goal comes after West Ham put the 31-year-old up for sale. The Evening Standard claim he is one of the fringe players – including Felipe Anderson – who are likely to be sold. FotoMac also note Galatasaray are keen on the 95-cap international.
Yarmolenko is the top target to replace Sofiane Feghouli at Galatasaray. West Ham want to move their £115,000-per-week top-earner on this summer as he enters the final year of his contract. However, his agent, Vadim Shabliy, has poured cold on a move to Russia.
The £17.5million (Sky Sports) signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 made 21 appearances across all competitions last season. But he started just seven of those – one in the Premier League – under David Moyes.
West Ham fans react to Yarmolenko display
Given West Ham’s desire to sell Yarmolenko, some fans reacting on social media noted what impact his performance could have. A few noted how his goal and leading role for Ukraine may add a few million to their asking price.
But others also questioned why Yarmolenko cannot deliver those types of displays at the London Stadium. The winger’s only goals for West Ham last season came against League One opposition in the EFL and FA Cups.
So, here are some of the messages shared…