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The world of football is laughing at West Ham’s latest expensive flop

The Ukrainian winger was a £20million purchase from Borussia Dortmund

He couldn’t do it on a cold Tuesday night against Wimbledon.

West Ham fans really thought this season was going to be different. Bless them.

After Manuel Pellegrini spent a small country’s GDP on new signings, the east London club had looked in decent shape going into the new season.

Good business

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Good business

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One of the standout purchases of the summer window was Andriy Yarmolenko, who joined the club from Borussia Dortmund.

Originally thought of as somewhat of a coup for the club, the Ukrainian was someone who fans were desperate to see in action.

Having been made to wait for his first start, the former Dortmund man finally got his chance in West Ham’s Carabao Cup tie against AFC Wimbledon.


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Who cares if he can fly

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Who cares if he can fly

Sadly however, it looks at though West Ham have been lumped with another expensive dud.

Yarmolenko failed to impress all night and looks to be the sort of player who leaves fans tearing their hair out.

Brief sparks of inspiration were followed up by moments of pure incompetence by the Ukrainian, as he failed to produce any sort of end product all night.

This screams pulled hamstring

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This screams pulled hamstring

The 28-year-old looked incapable of doing anything unless he was on his favoured left foot.

If Wimbledon defenders sussed this early on, then what hopes does he have against the Premier League’s best?

Yarmolenko’s misery was compounded when he was subbed off before full-time, as West Ham went onto win 3-1.

His departure from the pitch was greeted with ironic cheers of ‘what a waste of money’, from what set of supporters, we aren’t sure.

He’s had limited opportunities in the Premier League so far

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He’s had limited opportunities in the Premier League so far

In fairness to the 28-year-old, he was not alone in failing to impress against Wimbledon.

Fellow new signing Lucas Perez also had a night to forget in claret and blue.

Twitter didn’t react too kindly to Yarmolenko’s performance…

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