Date: 25th September 2019 at 9:45pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Danny Mills insists that West Ham need to get Andriy Yarmolenko on the ball as much as possible as he raves over the Ukranian’s quality in possession.

The former England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists that manager Manuel Pellegrini has to find a way to get the 29-year-old with the ball at his feet if he is to get the very best out of him, having had a stop-start career in east London.

The 82-cap international, who signed for the Irons in the summer of 2018, missed the majority of last season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in October 2018, returning to competitive action as a substitute against Brighton in mid-August.

Mills says that the giant winger, who stands just short of 6ft 3in tall [Transfermarkt], might not be the quickest wide man but that he can hurt the opposition with his quality and technique if he is given the chance.

Mills told Football Insider: “He’s a very good player. Maybe lacks the pace of some but we’ve seen him in Europe for many, many years. Outstanding left foot, great quality on the ball.

“If Pellegrini’s going to play to strengths, give him the ball, get him on the ball as much as possible. You have to buy players to fit the way you want to play and it looks like that is what Pellegrini has done.”

Yarmolenko has already netted twice in his five Premier League appearances this season, finding the back of the net against both Norwich City and Manchester United.

He has just 15 outings under his belt for the Irons due to his long-term layoff, with four goals and a single assist to his name.

In other West Ham news, Darren Bent has revealed to Football Insider that he has been left “shocked” by some Hammers stars he tipped to “struggle” this season.