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Is West Ham’s new signing Andriy Yarmolenko simply Arjen Robben in disguise?

The Ukrainian started his first Premier League game for the Hammers today and scored a rather Robben-esque goal

It turns out, dropping Robert Snodgrass in place of Andriy Yarmolenko is a pretty smart idea.

The new West Ham signing has had to sit on the bench and watch in horror as Manuel Pellegrini opted for Snoddy over the former Borussia Dortmund winger in their first few fixtures of the season.

Now, we’re not saying the Scotland international is responsible for the Hammers dreadful start to the new campaign, but he didn’t exactly score, or do much of anything, did he?

Well, it seems Pellegrini took note and dropped him to the bench today, which gave West Ham fans the chance to finally Yarmolenko in the starting line-up of a Premier League game in their clash against Everton.

And it’s worked out pretty alright.

The Ukrainian – who was on target for his country last week in a UEFA Nations League match against Slovakia – was quickly off the mark in this one, netting against the Toffees after just 12 minutes.

It was a lovely goal too, as the Hammers exploited the shakiness of Everton’s back-line with Fabian Balbuena picking up the ball and feeding it into Marko Arnautovic to set-up Yarmolenko at the back post.

He’s got his new teammate to thank there

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He’s got his new teammate to thank there

But while his first goal was all about brilliant team-work, his second was all down to himself.

There was more shakiness from Everton as Mark Noble managed to win the ball back from a goal-kick and knock it straight towards Yarmolenko on the right-wing.

The left-footed forward then jostled with Kurt Zouma on the edge of the box, found an opening in the back-line and curled his shot around the useless Mason Holgate and into top corner of the goal.

It was Robben-esque.

Yarmolenko picks up the ball on the right flank

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Yarmolenko picks up the ball on the right flank

He takes on Zouma

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He takes on Zouma

He flat foots the two defenders

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He flat foots the two defenders

And delivers a curling shot

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And delivers a curling shot

Lovely stuff

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Lovely stuff

In fact, some fans might just start calling him ‘the Ukrainian Robben’ if he keeps this up.

As for Snodgrass? He’s just the Scottish, um, Snodgrass.


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