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'Get off my back about new star Gianluca Scamacca, his chances will come at West Ham' says David Moyes


'Get off my back about new star Gianluca Scamacca, his chances will come at West Ham' says David Moyes

‘Get off my back about new star Gianluca Scamacca, his chances will come at West Ham’ says Hammers boss David Moyes.

If Moyes was hoping the international break would give his new striker a boost and some much-needed game time as West Ham approach a crucial and jam-packed October, then he would have been left disappointed.

When West Ham spent £170m on eight new players in the summer it is fair to say the £35m splashed on Scamacca captured the imagination more than most.

That’s understandable given West Ham fans had been waiting 18 long months for Moyes to sign a striker.

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It has been a slow start for Scamacca at West Ham in terms of the Premier League so far, though.

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

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.

When Scamacca signed for the Hammers he revealed he had spoken to Italy manager Mancini who gave the move a ringing endorsement, saying West Ham and the Premier League were “perfect” for him.

One of the reasons West Ham were so excited to get Scamacca was because he had been dubbed Italy’s big new striker hope.

Italian media has long championed the new West Ham man as the forward the Azzurri’s attack will be built around.

But after being substituted early in the second half in the win over England during the international break, Mancini revealed he will now be building his team around Scamacca’s former strike partner Giacomo Raspadori instead.

And he did just that for Italy’s crunch Nations League win over Hungary on Monday night as he dropped Scamacca in his only change from the win over England.

Mancini then had a dig at Moyes for Scamacca’s lack of game time at West Ham.

Moyes reportedly has five games to save his job according to The Telegraph, starting with Wolves.

And West Ham fans are desperate to see Scamacca finally become the club’s first choice striker.

But the Hammers boss had a clear message when pressed on Scamacca in his pre-match press conference ahead of Wolves.

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‘Get off my back about new star Scamacca, his chances will come at West Ham’ says Moyes.

“Well he played against Aston Villa but I think everybody forgets he had a really bad virus for two or three weeks, which is the reason he hasn’t played,” Moyes said in his pre-Wolves presser.

“It wasn’t that we weren’t playing him. So we’ve had to bring him back from that. Sometimes those things go amiss (when people are criticising Moyes for not playing him more), but we think a lot of him, we really like him, he’s coming on well so I’m sure as long as he stays fit and healthy, you’ll see a lot more of him.”


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