Video shows £35m new boy Gianluca Scamacca looking super sharp in West Ham training ahead of the Man City opener this weekend.
West Ham fans have been celebrating the arrival of the 6ft 5in 23-year-old Italian Scamacca and understandably so.
David Moyes was already looking for a striker before he sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax 18 months ago.
West Ham fans had started to forget what it was like to sign a top quality striker.
Such has been the excitement following Scamacca’s arrival from Sassuolo, West Ham supporters were hugely disappointed to learn he was not in the squad for West Ham’s final pre-season friendly at Lens on Saturday.
Given the new Hammers number seven was wrapped in cotton wool by Sassuolo this summer ahead of an impending sale, we should not have been too surprised.
And the last thing we would want is unnecessary risk of injury to Scamacca, especially in light of fellow new arrival Nayef Aguerd’s three-month lay-off.
Moyes likes to ease new signings in gently and it seems the same will be true for Scamacca given his lack of match time this summer.
But there were encouraging scenes Rush Green today ahead of the first game of the new Premier League season.
Because new video shows £35m new boy Scamacca looking super sharp in West Ham training for the Man City opener.
The training ground video shows Scamacca being praised by West Ham’s fitness coaches as he is put through his paces, quite literally, in a series of tough drills.
“Well done Luca” and “Love it Luca” can be heard several times as Scamacca shows the pace, power and quick feet he is renowned for in Italy.
The minute-long footage was posted on Twitter by West Ham’s media team.
Video shows Scamacca looking super sharp in training for Man City
And it will encourage supporters that Scamacca will be fit enough for a place on the bench at the very least against Man City.
“Putting in the work,” West Ham said alongside a muscle arm emoji.
“A first look at our new No.7 in training!”
Moyes’ side take on Pep Guardiola’s champions as they begin their title defence at the London Stadium.
Super sharp shooters shooting shots
Ironically the Hammers faced Manchester City in their final home game of last season, with an exciting 2-2 draw proving a fitting farewell to retiring captain Mark Noble.
Man City will present West Ham with a different problem this time around as their new striker Erling Haaland takes his place up front.
West Ham will of course be hoping it is Scamacca who steals the show.