Matt Jarvis gushed about West Ham attacker Andriy Yarmolenko after his start to the season.
The ex-Hammers player shared that he thought the Ukranian international was firing on all cylinders currently and added that he thought Yarmolenko was excelling due to having a desire to prove himself after an injury-hit 2018/19 campaign.
Jarvis, while raving about Yarmolenko’s ability, also acknowledged that he thought Felipe Anderson was also a very good player for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
“Yeah as we said the style of play, the creativity they’ve got, the players they’ve got, I mean Yarmolenko is huge for them,” said Jarvis on Match Centre (Sky Sports News, 11:38, Friday, October 4th).
“He missed most of the season last year so he is firing on all cylinders, he has got that desire to get back as after a big injury you have that desire to get back and prove everyone what you can do.
“And he is certainly turning it on now.
“With Anderson the other side, they’ve got very good wide players.”
Yarmolenko is certainly being showered in praise as of late as a result of his form, and if he is trying to prove himself then you have to wonder who is still isn’t convinced of his talents. The 29-year-old has scored three goals in his first six league games of the season and has looked generally lively in his appearances as he has averaged 1.3 key passes and 1.8 shots per match (Source: WhoScored). However, Yarmolenko has shown signs in his outings, that he is still a little rusty and still feeling the effects of not playing much football last season, but it’s not like he isn’t pulling his weight. The winger has had averaged one poor touch per game which has led to him losing the ball, as per WhoScored, and you feel this sloppiness is likely a result of him getting to grips with the pace and demands of the Premier League. Yet that said, Yarmolenko will no doubt continue to knock these little mistakes and bit of rustiness out of his game as he continues to feature in Pellegrini’s side.