With just 33 minutes of football to his name in the Premier League this season, it’s fair to say that Andriy Yarmolenko is the definition of a backup at West Ham United.
The Ukrainian winger, who joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 for £18m, has struggled for regular game time for a while now at the London Stadium, and with his contract up in the summer, an exit is more than expected.
However, his next destination remains a mystery, and at almost 32 years of age (he celebrates them this weekend), it could be that their international star decides to return to Ukraine.
After all, the winger has 104 caps for his country, making his debut for them back in 2009 when he was still at Dynamo Kiev, a club he could very well end up finishing his career at.
That is, at least, what their president, Ihor Surkis, hinted at when interviewed by the YouTube channel TaToTake, relayed by NV Sport.
He said: “There is no such agreement, but it depends on both parties. If Andriy has a desire, I will gladly give him the opportunity to end his career at his home club. I have great respect for what he did for Dynamo, and I consider him a very decent man”.
We’ll have to wait and see, but that prospect could be very enticing for the West Ham man, all depending on whether he sees himself trying one last big league, if he has offers, before returning home.