Redknapp is a big fan: “Scoring against Manchester United must have felt extra special for West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko,” he wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“The Ukrainian forward tore his achilles last year, and it prevented us all from getting to see his quality. I’ve heard great things about him from Andriy Shevchenko, and hope he can stay fit and show us what he can do now.”
Shevchenko, although his time in the Premier League with Chelsea didn’t go too well, was one of the finest strikers of his generation, so him telling Redknapp great things about Yarmolenko carries a lot of weight. As Redknapp says, injury robbed us of seeing how good Yarmolenko was last season. However, we are now starting to see what the glimpses of Yarmolenko at the start of the last campaign hinted at: namely, that he’s a top, top player. West Ham have some terrifically creative midfielders in Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson and, in theory, Pablo Fornals. However, sometimes you need someone who just gets his head down and takes a shot at goal. Yarmolenko is always willing to do that, and it paid off for him on Sunday. He took his goal very well against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, and was an absolute livewire from start to finish. It will have felt great for him to find the back of the net again at the London Stadium, and hopefully he can continue this outstanding run of form.