Andriy Yarmolenko certain is aware of easy methods to rub Everton’s nostril in it.
Not content material with stringing them on for greater than a yr with damaged guarantees he could be signing, when he lastly DID present up at Goodison, it was to ship a match-winning show towards the Blues.
The Ukraine winger scored twice on his full debut, and produced a compelling attacking efficiency in tandem with Marko Arnautovic that implies reviews of West Ham’s demise underneath Manuel Pellegrini may be exaggerated.
Actually, this was not – a few nervous, disorganised defensive moments aside – a workforce that appears like it can get their supervisor sacked any time quickly.
The Hammers have been faster, stronger, extra athletic and – crucially – had way more high quality in entrance of aim than Everton, and it was Yarmolenko who offered a lot of that.
The Mersey membership’s board will need to have watched on with a combination of envy and disgust. They twice thought they’d signed him, first after they met together with his Ukraine membership Kiev in the summertime of 2015 to thrash out a payment, after which in January 2016.
On that event the winger’s brokers even got here to Goodison as company to observe the Capital One Cup semi last, however then reneged on the deal as they engineered a transfer to Dortmund as an alternative.
He was the distinction between the groups, and has already recommended West Ham’s £17.5m funding could possibly be cash properly spent.
The place Yarmolenko twice produced moments of readability and scientific calm within the field within the first half to attain, on the different finish Cenk Tosun had far simpler possibilities and twice appeared to blindly panic as he failed to seek out the online.
Within the Premier League, these moments price pricey, and for all West Ham’s defensive frailty, the partnership with Arnautovic in tandem with the thrilling expertise of Felipe Anderson on the flanks, provides them a dimension the groups on the backside do not have.
Arnautovic has extra involvements in objectives than any participant bar Mo Salah within the Premier League within the final calendar yr, and he confirmed why on 11 minutes to hyperlink play then produce a effective consciousness in teeing up Yarmolenko in entrance of aim.
It was two – and properly deserved – on 31 minutes when Mark Noble gained the ball and fed Yarmolenko, who shimmied delightfully previous two markers earlier than producing a surprising, curling end to beat Jordan Pickford.
Everton merely do not have that high quality of their strike power. Tosun has proven some promise, however he did not appear like a finisher right here, heading tamely at Lukasz Fabianski from barely six yards, after which mis-hitting a straightforward end in entrance of aim.
Actually, the Blues have been outplayed for lengthy intervals of this sport, and but got a lucky lifeline simply earlier than half time, when supervisor Marco Silva shocked everybody by sending on Bernard for his debut.
That was harsh, as a result of the subbed participant Morgan Schneiderlin had misplaced his father within the week main as much as the sport, however it labored as a result of the Brazilian offered a ball in stoppage time that Kenny ultimately crossed for Gylfi Sigurdsson to go dwelling.
It did not final, and it was Arnautovic who ended Everton resistance. Regardless of being surrounded by 5 defenders, he linked beautifully with the energetic Pedro Obiang to seek out area to complete.
It was not more than West Ham deserved, and belied their 4 straight defeats coming into the match – and likewise, remarkably, gave the Hammers successive victories over Everton for the primary time since 1973. Momentous for Pellegrini then, in additional methods than one.
Observe all of the motion because it occurred beneath.
Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Tosun
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Bernard, Davies, Dowell, Lookman, Niasse
West Ham: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuake, Rice, Obiang, Noble, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Arnautovic
Subs: Adrian, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Sanchez, Snodgrass, Antonio, Lucas