Forget Diop: WHU liability with 40 touches must have played last game for Moyes

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Andriy Yarmolenko


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Andriy Yarmolenko

David Moyes’ West Ham United side secured their place in the FA Cup fifth round with what can only be described as an embarrassing 2-1 win over National League side North Kidderminster Harriers after extra time on Saturday after -midday.

Indeed, a 91st-minute strike from Declan Rice tied the game with essentially the final kick in regulation time after Alex Penny gave the hosts a well-deserved first-half lead. Jarrod Bowen then replicated his team-mate’s feat in extra time, with the 25-year-old’s 121st-minute winner with what was virtually the last kick of the game just about enough to send the Hammers over. line.

However, as might be expected after such a narrow victory against a side 113 places below them in the English football pyramid, a number of Irons players put in extremely disappointing performances against their non-league opponents. Issa Diop, hooked at halftime; Nikola Vlasic, who spent the afternoon in Penny’s pocket; and Andriy Yarmolenko, who once again offered nothing to move forward, were arguably the worst of a bad bunch.

While Diop and Vlasic will certainly be hoping to put their performances behind them as quickly as possible, it was Yarmolenko’s disaster class that stood out the most this afternoon. The 32-year-old’s performance on the right wing was undoubtedly one of his worst in his time with West Ham, which is saying a lot considering his atrocious season so far.

Lost the ball every 3.6 touches

While it’s true that the striker’s wayward strike ultimately led to Aaron Cresswell square the ball for Bowen to strike home the last-gasp winner, it certainly wasn’t a conscious decision, even though it t was the only thing of note that the £100,000 a -week Ukrainian offered his team at the Aggborough Stadium.

Indeed, in his 120 minutes on the pitch, the £3.15million-rated winger had 40 touches on the ball, just four more than Alphonse Areola between the sticks at West Ham. He completed just 24 passes – 44 less than Rice, who came on at half-time – and gave up the ball 11 times, meaning the 32-year-old lost the ball once every 3.6 keys.

The Ukraine international also failed to manage a single shot on target, failed to find his man with his only long ball attempt and three attempted crosses, won just two of his four duels and attempted to win his team a penalty with one of the most shameful dives imaginable – with Dion Dublin calling the incident ’embarrassing’.

These comebacks saw Yarmolenko achieve a disappointing SofaScore Match Rating of just 6.7, given he was up against a non-league centre-back playing out of position on the left in Caleb Richards, this rating is completely unacceptable.

Indeed, if we were Moyes, the former Borussia Dortmund striker would be a long way from having a squad for the rest of the current campaign, before being sold to the first bidder this summer. Yarmolenko just doesn’t deserve to play for the Hammers again after Saturday.

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