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Kewell raves about Yarmolenko

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Harry Kewell heaped praise on West Ham attacker Andriy Yarmolenko after his display in the 2-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday.

The former Premier League midfielder revealed he hoped that the Hammers would see the best of the 29-year-old this season and raved about his performance against the Canaries.

“I hope so (that we will see the best of him), I hope so because watching this game, he shows great signs,” said Kewell on Goals on Sunday (Sky Sports Premier League, 12:27, Sunday, September 1st).

“He is very tricky and I think this was an unbelievable finish, and he tried to help his teammates out there and for the ball to bounce in front of him like that and end up in the back of the net, I think it’s a great finish.

“Hopefully we do see good signs from him.”

Chris Kamara then opted to heap praise on Yarmolenko as he claimed the Ukrainian winger has got so much to offer and he showed what he was capable of against Norwich.

“Yeah he has got so much to offer this fella and he’s been out for such a long time but showed what he can do there,” added Kamara.


Yarmolenko certainly made people sit up and notice him on Saturday as Kewell and Kamara weren’t the only ones to heap praise on him. In fact, former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood was so impressed while watching him on BT Sport that he named him the player of the match. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Yarmolenko on Saturday as a section of West Ham fans did slam him for his display as he still looked a little rusty after an injury-hit 2018/19 season. The 29-year-old only managed to play 10 times for the Hammers in the 2018/19 season, which was his debut campaign for the club after joining from Borussia Dortmund, due to suffering a knee injury. Given that Yarmolenko is clearly still on the road to recovery after his long spell on the sidelines, it’s clear West Ham fans won’t know what the winger is truly capable of until later in the season. Yet considering that he still looks a little off-the-pace, it’s impressive that he is proving good enough for pundits to sing his praises.

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