West Ham United signed Andriy Yarmolenko for a reported £17.5m, last season, from Borussia Dortmund, this looked like it was going to be a bargain deal as on his full Premier League debut he scored two in a 3-1 win over Everton.
One of which was a superb curling shot that nestled in the top corner of Jordan Pickford’s net.
This goal alone showed the talent that the former Dynamo Kyiv man possesses as he picked up a loose ball and cut past both Kurt Zouma and Lucas Digne and then curled a beautiful strike into the top corner.
Unfortunately, West Ham did not see much more from him as just four games later he suffered an injury that ruled him out for the entire season.
After having surgery to repair his damaged Achilles tendon, Yarmolenko is back and ready to make a significant impact on the Premier League.
Marko Arnautovic is set to depart, but whomever West Ham bring in they will probably have a lethal front three, with Felipe Anderson and Yarmolenko in the wide areas.
Those two together have the potential to be the best set of wingers outside of the top six. Both are not conventional and prefer to drift inside and from there thread through balls and unleash long shots; Yarmolenko, in particular, is known for his devastating long shooting having scored many fantastic goals for both Kyiv and Ukraine.
Now he is back from injury Manuel Pellegrini has to find a way to get the best out of him and he may need to see how he is used for his country – as Yarmolenko has scored 36 goals in 80 appearances for Ukraine.
The 29-year-old likes to start on the right and then drift inside, this leaves the opposing full-back not knowing what to do, and as he drifts into the middle, he becomes the focal point of Ukraine’s attack, and from there he can shoot or play a teammate through on goal.
In the win over Everton, West Ham played with Yarmolenko up alongside Arnautovic, but both of his goals came from him floating in from the right.
The former Borussia Dortmund man has the potential to cause havoc for the Hammers this season, but he must be used correctly, if he is played in the wrong position then West Ham will not see the best of him.