Another day, another major West Ham United signing this summer. It is Andriy Yarmolenko this time, in an unexpected coup for the Irons Wednesday afternoon from German giants Borussia Dortmund in an undisclosed fee.
The 28-year-old Ukrainian star has certainly had his share of highlights throughout the span of his career, most notably of course with Dynamo Kiev back in his homeland. On many days and nights, especially in European competitions, Yarmolenko dazzled crowds with his terrific array of fantastic dribbling and lethal finishing to become one of the continent’s most intriguing players. It seemed after past flirtations with a move to Everton that Yarmolenko would be confine to a career at Kiev, due to how management would not budge on his healthy price tag.
But the wide midfielder/forward indeed made his long anticipated move to a major domestic league with his celebrated move last August to Dortmund. However, just like the Black and Yellow’s season, Yarmolenko’s 2017-18 was a disappointment, as he was in and out of a side that dealt with the turmoil of two managers and major underachieving in the Bundesliga, the Champions League and the Europa League. Still, the talent is very much in Yarmolenko to impact any game in any league he plays, and he gives Hammers new manager Manuel Pellegrini another match winning attacking option.
Yarmolenko’s signing for four years does put into question what happens with Robert Snodgrass, who has had a very good start to his preseason training and has impressed Pellegrini.
Make no mistake, however, that West Ham United are truly winning the summer transfer season more than anyone else in the Premier League at the moment. And before you mention last summer, this one is certainly different.