Pundit ‘not surprised at all’ by Moyes treatment of West Ham man, amid calls for fresh tactical switch

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Gianluca Scamacca, September 2022 Credit: PA Images
Gianluca Scamacca, September 2022 Credit: PA Images

Gianluca Scamacca will no doubt settle properly into life at West Ham and the Premier League after a back-and-forth start, one pundit claims.

The Italy international signed for the Hammers this summer as a marquee addition for David Moyes. West Ham had looked to take the pressure off striker Michail Antonio for some time with a new signing.

Although, they have only now solved that problem with a striker arrival.

Indeed, West Ham spent over £100million in the recent transfer window. And Scamacca one of the costlier additions at £35.5million from Sassuolo.

He has only made one Premier League start and is yet to complete a 90-minute stint. However, he has took to the Europa Conference League well with three goals in four games.

Pundit Kevin Campbell told Football Insider that he is “not surprised at all” that Moyes has been keeping Scamacca’s minutes in check so far.

He added that “the league will settle down”, with the first seven Premier League matches an unfair measure of how the seven-cap Italy star will go on to fare in east London.

Campbell added: “There will be games where I’m sure Scamacca will probably start with Michail Antonio maybe playing another position.

“Until that moment I think it’s probably a case of getting Scamacca used to the West Ham way and what David Moyes wants.

“He scored a good goal in Europe, he’ll get his European games obviously, to keep him match-fit.

“I’m sure when David Moyes feels it’s right, he’ll get a start in the Premier League.”

Scamacca adds to West Ham firepower

Scamacca made an instant impression on West Ham, scoring goals in both legs of their European qualifier.

He then added a goal in the recent 3-2 Europa Conference League group stage win over Silkeborg.

His next task will of course to cement his role in the Premier League and play a full 90 minutes for his new club.

The spotlight has been on Scamacca even more because of West Ham’s slow start to the new season.

Moyes’ side lost their opening three Premier League matches and still only have one win – against Aston Villa – to their name.

They have since begun another losing streak, with the 1-0 loss at Everton making it two in a row in that regard.

Hammers star has time on his side

The good thing for Scamacca is that West Ham taking the pressure off Antonio is still something of a new experiment.

They tried it with Sebastian Haller, but the now-Borussia Dortmund man could not get to grips with the top flight.

As such, Scamacca is only the second big signing West Ham have made up top in their efforts to add firepower.

On the flipside, the prospect of a second failed signing brings pressure on Scamacca and the club’s recruitment.

Nevertheless, Scamacca has a contract until 2027 with the option of an extra year, so has time on his side.

There is no doubt Moyes has a plan in place for the 23-year-old as the season progresses. Ultimately, West Ham are looking to finish in the top seven again this term.

After a slow start for both Scamacca and the club, he could soon blossom into a goalscoring talent.

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