On Wednesday, West Ham United announced the signing of Borussia Dortmund winger Andriy Yarmolenko, for a reported £17.5 million fee.
The news was greeted by West Ham supporters, as they had acquired the services of an impressive player with Champions League experience, and it spelled good news for West Ham’s strikers who will now enjoy a wealth of excellent service.
Yet, the signing must have been a blow for Felipe Anderson, the Lazio winger who has been heavily reported to be on his way to east London as well.
Winner: West Ham United strikers
The plight of the Hammers’ strikeforce has been well-publicised: until last season, no player had reached double-digits in Premier League goals for the club in over a decade.
Javier Hernandez, Andy Carroll, and co. will be chomping at the bit to play alongside a winger of Yarmolenko’s quality, who is well-known for his wicked delivery.
The addition of the 28-year-old will bring an increase in dangerous crosses and attacking firepower to their forward line, surely resulting in a more respectable goal tally for the club’s struggling strikers.
Loser: Felipe Anderson
The Brazilian winger is said to be extremely close to a move from the Stadio Olimpico to the London Stadium, but his plans must have been thrown into disarray after the announcement of fellow winger Yarmolenko.
It seems the Hammers will splurge on hefty transfer fees for players who largely occupy the same position, meaning Anderson’s dream of moving to the Premier League with West Ham will be more arduous than he had expected.
Normally, when a club pledges a £40 million fee (as reported by BBC Sport) to sign a player, they make that figure a key part of the squad.
Yet, by bringing in Yarmolenko, the 25-year-old Anderson faces a far tougher task at West Ham, where he will be forced to enter into a battle for a starting spot from day one at the club.
There is no reason why such competition is a bad thing for supporters, as a battle for places can result in an uptick in effort from all involved.
However, for Felipe Anderson, the signing of a direct competitor just days before he is reportedly set to sign will surely hurt his confidence.