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West Ham United Forward Ready To Make An Impact Off The Bench: Should Moyes Give Him A Chance?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Gazetta dello Sport claimed that West Ham United forward Gianluca Scamacca is ready to make an impact off the bench. It is believed that the Italian striker is hoping to play a key role for the Hammers in their fight to stay in the Premier League this season.

Scamacca’s Difficult Campaign In English Football So Far

Scamacca is having a tough season at the London Stadium as he has struggled to be consistent with his performances for the East London club in the final third. The 24-year-old has registered seven goals in 24 matches for David Moyes’ side this season across all competitions.

The Italy international has only managed to average 1.9 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per game in Premier League football. He has even been sloppy with his ball distribution after completing only 66.9% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

Scamacca is under contract at West Ham until the summer of 2027. Thus, it makes sense for him to focus on helping the Hammers get out of relegation trouble in the coming months.

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Should West Ham United Boss David Moyes Give Scamacca A Chance To Prove His Worth?

On his day, Scamacca can be a real handful for any defender. Standing at 1.95m, he is a towering presence inside the opponent’s penalty box and can make some powerful turns to get a few strikes in at goal.

The Italian sensation is a good header of the ball and can be a streaky goal-scorer in front of the opposition goal. However, he has to find a way to improve his link-up play on the attacking end of the pitch if he wants to be a success story in English football someday.

At the moment, Scamacca is in dire need of regular playing time so that he can get some confidence back in his game. Hence, West Ham United manager David Moyes would be wise to give him a chance to prove his worth to the club in the coming weeks as the Hammers try to get themselves out of relegation danger in the Premier League.

With some crucial fixtures coming up against Nottingham Forest, Brighton and Hove Albion and Aston Villa respectively in the league, the East London club can definitely use someone of Scamacca’s skillset to add more firepower to their attack either as a starter or off the bench.

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