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Insane West Ham statistic makes David Moyes look foolish as Gianluca Scamacca pressure grows


Insane West Ham statistic makes David Moyes look foolish as Gianluca Scamacca pressure grows

An insane West Ham statistic makes David Moyes look foolish as the pressure to play and get the best out of Gianluca Scamacca grows.

Moyes has come out fighting over talk he could face the sack at West Ham amid conflicting reports this week.

West Ham face Wolves in what is a crunch game after a dismal start to the season for the Hammers.

It was reported earlier this week that Moyes could have just five games to save his job, starting with the huge match against fellow strugglers Wolves (Telegraph). 

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The Scot was always going to bring more pressure on himself after spending an unprecedented £170m on eight new signings in the summer.

Results have been poor this season with just one win and five defeats from West Ham’s opening seven Premier League matches.

But as most West Ham fans are well aware, the current malaise is nothing new. West Ham’s form fell off a cliff around 10 months ago bar a couple of memorable European nights.

The Hammers have a points per game ratio in that time among the bottom three in the Premier League with just 37 points from their last 34 games.

West Ham go into a jam-packed October in the relegation zone and face Fulham, Southampton, Liverpool and Bournemouth after Wolves.

Some West Ham fans are becoming increasingly restless with Moyes’ tactics and team selection.

Particularly surrounding the use of new £35m striker Scamacca.

It has been a slow start for the Italy striker at West Ham in terms of the Premier League so far.

Despite three goals in four Europa Conference League games – including an absolute humdinger in a 3-2 win at Silkeborg – Moyes is electing to drip-feed the forward into the rough and tumble of the Premier League.

It is a decision that has infuriated West Ham fans who are seeing other strikers and signings being thrown straight into the action at rival clubs with great success.

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has also been critical of Scamacca’s lack of game time at West Ham.

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The Hammers have lost five of their opening seven Premier League matches and sit in the bottom three.

And West Ham have scored just three goals so far, the joint worst in the top flight with today’s opponents Wolves.

But it is an insane West Ham statistic that makes Moyes look foolish as the Scamacca pressure grows.

Because only two sides – Liverpool and Newcastle – have crossed the ball into the box more times than West Ham this season (Premier League statistics).

The Hammers have sent a remarkable 150 crosses into the box in seven games so far this season.

Moyes has bought a 6ft 5in striker renowned for being good in the air but has not been playing him.

Yes the manager has pointed out that Scamacca did not have any game time in pre-season. And he was also struck down by a virus at the start of the campaign.

But there are no excuses now.

Either West Ham change the way they play – because clearly the current system does not work if the Hammers have just three goals to show after sending in an average of 22 crosses per game.

Or Scamacca must become the main, first choice striker so that West Ham actually have someone in the box capable of making something of these crosses.


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