Mercurial West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko is facing an uncertain future in east London as he works his way back from a thigh injury.
The Ukraine international has been out since mid-December, in which time manager Manuel Pellegrini has been sacked, David Moyes has been reappointed and the club has splashed £22m on Hull City wide man Jarrod Bowen.
Although he started the season brightly, registering three goals and an assist before the end of October, Yarmolenko had been struggling for form before tearing his abductor muscle.
As the 30-year-old approaches full fitness over the winter break he will need to impress a new boss, as well as dislodging some in-form teammates and outshining a new marquee signing, according to the Standard. No mean feat.
While Bowen has signed and will almost certainly command a starting place on the wing, Robert Snodgrass has hit a fine vein of form and Felipe Anderson is set to return to fitness before Yarmolenko and in time for the Hammers' clash with Manchester City on Sunday.
It is also believed that Yarmolenko fundamentally does not fit into David Moyes' long-term plans for West Ham, regardless of his talent. Moyes is reportedly keen to strip the club of any deadwood and older players and build a side around a young core of players, including Bowen, Declan Rice and Pablo Fornals.
Yarmolenko's time in England - along with much of his career - has been characterised by a raft of injuries. The experienced wide man missed a whole seven months of last season because of an Achilles issue, and earlier in 2018 he missed 12 games for Borussia Dortmund with a foot injury. He has managed
Source : 90min