West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has remained tight lipped over the possibility of handing Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko his first league start against Everton on Sunday, football.london report.

The 28-year-old, who has only started for the Hammers in their Carabao Cup triumph over League One side AFC Wimbledon, impressed for his country during the international break, scoring the only goal in the 1-0 win against Slovakia in the UEFA Nations League.

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Yarmolenko, who cost West Ham £17.5 million in the summer from German giants Borussia Dortmund, has made four brief league appearances under Pellegrini from the bench and is pushing for a first start on Merseyside on Sunday as the Hammers look to get their first points on the board.

However, talking at his pre-match press conference, Pellegrini, who is still searching for his first league win as Hammers boss, didn’t give much away when it came to talking about the wide man.

I think Andriy needs time to know the Premier League, especially as he plays as a winger with all the full backs attacking.

He is improving a lot, we will see when he will be able to start a game.

One of the club’s biggest summer arrivals, the Hammers faithful may not have to wait too much longer until they see Yarmolenko in the starting line-up.