At the age of 27, it’s surprising that it has taken this long for Andriy Yarmolenko to earn a move to a bonafide European giant.
The Ukrainian winger has been ripping it up both domestically and on the continent for Dinamo Kiev for as long as memory permits and countless Premier League clubs have been tipped to bring him to a major European league over the years.
However, after Borussia Dortmund lost their assist-king Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona this summer, the German giants took the plunge and finally gave Yarmolenko the chance to show what he can do outside the relatively small Ukrainian pond.
And the new number nine has hardly waited long to make an impression.
Tottenham Hotspur may have emerged victorious from Wednesday’s thrilling Champions League clash at Wembley but it was Yarmolenko’s stunning curling effort, hit first time from the edge of the box, which dominated the post-match talk.
And Yarmolenko can take some degree of pride in such a stunning goal – particularly as The Mail reported that Tottenham were interested in signing him as far back as 2015. The report claimed that Spurs had scouted the three-time Ukrainian Premier League winner and, with just a year remaining on his contract, believed he would enhance their attacking options.
The Sun claimed twelve months later that Tottenham were still keen – but no deal eventually materialised.
And while Spurs have no shortage of excellent attacking players in their current squad, Yarmolenko’s Wembley wondergoal has shown Mauricio Pochettino what he could have had.