Darren Bent has been left drooling over the impact Andriy Yarmolenko has had on an already exciting West Ham attack.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and England striker says that the Ukranian star has shown real signs of quality since his return from a long-term injury layoff and that he is part of a very dangerous line up.
The 29-year-old scored his second goal of the season against Manchester United at the London Stadium on Sunday, the first coming against Norwich City.
With Sebastien Haller, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson among the number of options for Manuel Pellegrini to call upon, Bent says that the Hammers have one of the most fearsome attacking line ups in the top flight, raving over Yarmolenko’s form since his return to action.
Bent told Football Insider: “I saw that Yarmolenko a few years back and I remember thinking: ‘Who is this guy? What a player he is.’ He had a few injuries and disappeared a little bit. He’s had his fair share of injuries at West Ham. Since he’s been fit, he’s been good, his finish at the weekend was brilliant.
“At the minute West Ham are really exciting to watch. Can they sustain it? I don’t know but they’re giving themselves the best opportunity to give themselves a really good Premier League season.
“Going forward with Yarmolenko and Lanzini, Haller, Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere, Declan Rice and Mark Noble, these guys, you have to say wow. They’ve got players who are exciting.”
Yarmolenko missed the majority of last season, his first at West Ham, with a serious Achilles injury, leaving him sidelined from competitive action for 10 months.
He has scored four goals during his time in east London and has emerged as a regular starter for Pellegrini on the right-hand side of the attack.