By Adefunmiloye Alani

14th Oct, 2021 | 8:10am

David Gold impressed by Yarmolenko's performances during international break

West Ham forward Andriy Yarmolenko was in fine form during the international break, scoring twice during Ukraine’s World Cup qualifiers.

The 31-year-old fringe player scored a worldie to help his country to a 2-1 win over Finland at the weekend before opening the scoring during Tuesday’s 1-1 stalemate with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Yarmolenko is steadily closing in on Andriy Shevchenko’s record as Ukraine’s highest goalscorer of all time, and West Ham co-owner David Gold was impressed, taking to his personal Twitter account to react.

He said: “Andriy Yarmolenko was on the scoresheet again for Ukraine as they drew their World Cup qualifier against Bosnia on Tuesday night.

“Having scored in Saturday’s victory over Finland, he backed that up with the opening goal in Lviv – his 44th strike in 104 games. Well done Andriy.”


Yarmolenko is a beast in front of goal for his country, but the same cannot be said of him at West Ham.

He bagged two goals in five appearances at the European Championships in the summer, but he has struggled to make a similar impact for the Hammers.

He has no goal or assist in nine games across all competitions for David Moyes’ side so far in 2021-22, and it is confusing that he keeps shining for country but never does for club.

While injuries have limited his opportunities at the London Stadium, the former Borussia Dortmund man has often failed to produce the goods even when fit.

With just some few months left on his current deal, Yarmolenko is expected to leave West Ham at the end of the campaign.

He is a hero in Ukraine but will go down in Hammers history as one of their most underwhelming signings of all time.

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