The Hammers manager is still yet to start the Italy and England internationals together. In fact, they are still yet to be on the pitch at the same time.
In fairness to him, Moyes has handled his integration into the team so poorly by being too negative and ‘easing him in’.
As a result, the 23-year-old has struggled to find any kind off rhythm, especially in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Michail Antonio has been very inconsistent this season. He’s been decent at times, but has been well off the pace as well.
Moyes has overseen a horrendous start to the season at the London Stadium. That’s mostly on him, because he continues to roll out the same system with the same players time after time.
The Scot has a chance to mix things up by playing two up front, but he has outlined why that is not an option for him at the moment…
David Moyes makes Gianluca Scamacca and Michail Antonio claim
The Scot addressed the media after yesterday’s defeat to Everton and responded when asked whether he plans to play the two strikers together, as quoted by Football.London:
“It’s a sort of question people will ask me when things aren’t looking so good. It’s a sort of question journalists ask, can you play the two of them? I’m sure that in time, I will look at it. At the moment, to play two strikers, you have to play three at the back. It’s very hard nowadays to necessarily go with a 4-4-2, so to play two strikers is mainly three at the back. We might consider and look at it if we think we’ve got the players. We’ve got [Nayef] Aguerd coming back, which will give us something different as well.”
The fact that Moyes thinks you can only play two forwards if you play three at the back is baffling.
He could use a 4-4-2 but obviously isn’t keen on that idea. However, it seems as though he’s unfamiliar with the 4-3-1-2 and 4-2-2-2 systems.
Even a 4-3-3 would work, if he wanted to incorporate both Gianluca Scamacca and Michail Antonio.
And the fact that Moyes doesn’t seem to be aware of these systems, or at least not willing to try them out, is a worry for us. The Scot claims to be a flexible, forward-thinking coach. He is the polar opposite to that though.
His thinking on playing Gianluca Scamacca and Michail Antonio together proves that in my opinion.
The other thing to highlight is that if he is so set on a 3-5-2 formation being the only way the start both trickers, then play it, using Kurt Zouma, Thilo Kehrer and either Craig Dawson or Angelo Ogbonna.
The kind of statements from the West Ham manager regarding Antonio and Scamacca just lend further credence to the notion that he is a man under pressure.
Moyes has to change his thinking, methods and approach to team selection if West Ham are still to achieve a successful 2022/23 campaign…and fast.