Frank McAvennie: West Ham will sell Andriy Yarmolenko in January
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Frank McAvennie suggests West Ham will sell Andriy Yarmolenko in the January transfer window due to the form of Jarrod Bowen.
Yarmolenko, 32, has made just four starts for the Irons this season, all in cup competitions.
His seven Premier League appearances have come from the bench as Bowen, Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals continue to impress in the attacking midfield positions behind Michail Antonio.
Ex-Irons forward McAvennie believes the East London outfit will look to offload him in January.
“I think they will because he’s too good to sit on the bench,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.
“The arrival of Jarrod Bowen and how good he has become this season is just miraculous. He’s been touted for all of the best teams now which is a credit to the boy because he was in and out before, he and Yarmolenko were swapping, but Bowen has come in and he’s been outstanding.
“It’s a shame, [Manuel] Lanzini isn’t getting in the team either because of the way they’re playing, and what a talent he is.
“They’ve got enough talent there, I would let Yarmolenko go.”
See out the season?
Yarmolenko’s contract expires in the summer of 2022 and there appears to be no chance that it will be extended.
He failed to score in 15 Premier League appearances last term and his influence on the side has dwindled.
However, is it worth keeping him in the squad until the end of the season?
There are no suggestions that he is causing disruption behind the scenes, and he has filled in for Antonio at centre-forward on occasion.
It’s unlikely a club will be willing to pay his full wages in January, and the Irons won’t get a big fee, if one at all, so he’s worth keeping around for now.