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West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca: Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspires me but there's no comparison yet

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West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca: Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspires me but there's no comparison yet

West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca says Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspires him but insists there’s no comparison yet.

There has been huge excitement at West Ham around the signing of Italy striker Scamacca.

David Moyes finally ended an 18-month search for a new forward by landing the 6ft 5in tattooed star from Sassuolo in a £35m deal.

As if West Ham fans were not excited enough about capturing Italy’s new striker hope with his best years ahead of him, then came comparisons to one of the all-time greats.

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While the Hammers were thrashing out a deal with Sassuolo, the coach who found Scamacca said Moyes was about to sign the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Pascal Jansen – who was the coach of PSV’s academy when they took Scamacca from Roma as a teenager – made the comparison to the Swedish great in an interview with Sky Sports about the star West Ham would go on to sign.

Scamacca was described as the heir apparent to the legendary Zlatan.

It is a comparison West Ham’s new forward will undoubtedly relish having confessed in an interview on Italy’s social media channels that he has always looked up to Zlatan.

West Ham striker Scamacca says Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspires him but insists there’s no comparison yet.

“I like Ibrahimovic, I am inspired by him,” Scamacca said when asked who inspires his style of play?

“But it is difficult to play in a similar way to him.

“I have been following him since he arrived in Italy, at Juventus.”

Scamacca comes across as a very humble character – probably not a word you would use to describe Zlatan.

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But if the Italian becomes even half the player Ibrahimovic has been during a stunning career then West Ham will have some player on their hands.

It has been a slow burn for Scamacca in the Premier League so far with Moyes electing to drip-feed the Italian into the side.

A 10-day illness didn’t help either of course.

But hopefully some training and game time with the Azzurri will benefit Scamacca and West Ham ahead of a jam-packed October.

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