Out for nine months because of a bad Achilles injury, Andriy Yarmolenko only took three games to find the back of the net again, scoring in the 2-0 win against Norwich.
The Ukrainian immediately celebrated with the medical staff in a scene that would even make the coldest of hearts melt a little.
What that also showed was his happiness at being able to help West Ham, a club he is ‘happy’ at, as he explained to Sport in Ukraine, preferring the atmosphere in the London Stadium dressing room to that of his former club, Borussia Dortmund.
A big fan of English humour, the forward was also asked about new arrival Sébastien Haller, whom he described as a ‘good forward’.
He added: “They paid a lot of money for him and he’s already shown his level from the first few matches. He’s a great purchase and hopefully he will score many goals for West Ham”.
As for the player with the greatest potential in the squad, he didn’t hesitate: “Declan Rice, of course. I think he has a great future”.
Despite missing most of last season, Yarmolenko has been rather useful to the Hammers when he has been fit, scoring three goals in 13 games and picking up one assist.
Hopefully for him and West Ham, this season will be injury free and he can continue to improve and surprise everyone.
He said: “It seems to me the club now has everything to enter the top six: an excellent squad, manager and staff. Last summer, the club signed 10 players and it took time for everyone to get used to each other”.