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Striking Gianluca Scamacca smacker of a statistic will fill West Ham with hope

A striking Gianluca Scamacca smacker of a statistic will fill West Ham United with hope ahead of the new season.

Hammers fans may have been hugely disappointed to learn new £35m striker signing Scamacca was not in the squad for West Ham’s final pre-season friendly at Lens on Saturday.

But it seems they have plenty to look forward to from the Italy international in the claret and blue.

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We’ve already highlighted the new West Ham star’s comparisons with Zlatan Ibrahimovic from his time in Serie A.

And the fact the 23-year-old learned from the best as a young player when he was personally trained by legendary striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

West Ham fans have been delighted to learn Scamacca is not here for the money having turned down the likes of moneybags PSG to sign for the Hammers on a very modest weekly wage by modern standards.

Scamacca signs for the Hammers. Photo: West Ham United FC

Hammers assistant coach Paul Nevin gave a tantalising tease about how Scamacca has already impressed in West Ham training during his first week with the club after signing last Monday.

Now a striking Scamacca smacker of a statistic will fill West Ham with hope too.

Michail Antonio has been a brilliant servant for West Ham and the 32-year-old all action forward still has a big role to play.

But he has never been the most natural finisher, as his form this year – and into pre-season – has proved.

When Antonio has time to think, such as when he is put through one-on-one with the goalkeeper, he often fails to find the back of the net.

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He is at his best when he is playing on instinct.

But West Ham need someone who is clinical in those moments in front of goal. Someone who is ruthless when they get a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Well according to a new statistic from football data experts WhoScored, it looks like Moyes now has that man.

Because only Ciro Immobile and Tammy Abraham (both with 10) scored more clear-cut goalscoring chances than Gianluca Scamacca (nine) in Serie A in 2022 according to WhoScored – formerly Opta.

That is a serious stat, especially as it only takes into account the second half of last season.

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Scamacca ended Moyes’ 18-month search for a new striker.

And this stat suggests he could be the answer to West Ham’s problems in front of goal for years to come.

Scamacca brings power, pace and guile as well as a tireless workrate and enthusiasm, as anyone who watches Serie A will attest.

But the Hammers will benefit most from having a ruthless, clinical presence in front of goal.

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