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Gough claims Yarmolenko unhappy with Pellegrini

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Darren Gough claimed West Ham attacker Andriy Yarmolenko was clearly unhappy with Manuel Pellegrini on Saturday as he walked straight past the manager upon being subbed during the loss to Tottenham.

The talkSPORT pundit when going through the problems the Hammers currently have, highlighted that the Ukrainian winger was visibly upset with his manager and even claimed he noticed him give Pellegrini a look.

Gough pointed out that Yarmlenko hardly got in the game in the 3-2 loss to Spurs before making a claim about his relationship with Pellegrini.

“Yarmolenko hardly got in the game, he came off, you could tell he wasn’t happy,” said Gough on talkSPORT, as heard in a clip on the broadcaster’s Twitter account.

“He went straight past Pellegrini, looked at him, wasn’t happy at all.”


Normally when you lose the dressing room, the sack follows. While Yarmolenko may have just been frustrated with his own performance and kicking himself over him not completing 90 minutes once again, the fact he snubbed Pellegrini isn’t a very good sign. After all, the winger should have at least acknowledged Pellegrini before taking his place on the bench as he should have had no complaints about being pulled off.  Yarmolenko touched the ball only 16 times against Spurs despite playing 56 minutes of the match, which is terrible especially when you consider Pablo Fornals, who replaced him, managed 15 touches (Source: WhoScored). Also, it’s worth noting the 30-year-old didn’t exactly prove to be useful even when he did manage to touch the ball, as only 61.5% of his 13 passes found their mark, so more often than not, he was helping Spurs regain possession. The only positive that can be said about Yarmolenko based on Gough’s remarks, is that at least he showed enough passionate in order to be upset over not delivering the goods.

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