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Roberto Mancini deals crushing blow to West Ham star Gianluca Scamacca with Italy plans


Roberto Mancini deals crushing blow to West Ham star Gianluca Scamacca with Italy plans

Roberto Mancini deals a crushing blow to West Ham star Gianluca Scamacca with his Italy plans for the future.

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 David Moyes to sign a striker.

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

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Despite three goals in four Europa Conference League games – including an absolute humdinger in the recent 3-2 win at Silkeborg – Moyes is electing to drip-feed the forward into the rough and tumble of the Premier League.

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.

Scamacca played well in the first half of Italy’s Nations League win over England on Friday.

But he faded in the second half and was substituted by Mancini.

In the West Ham man’s absence, his former Sassuolo strike partner and alleged Moyes target Giacomo Raspadori stole the show with a wonderful winning goal as the central forward.

Now Mancini has dealt a crushing blow to West Ham star Scamacca with his Italy plans.

The former Man City boss has revealed he may change his system to build Italy around Raspadori (Football Italia).

“We brought him (Raspadori) to the Euros even when he had very few caps, so he could become an important player,” Mancini said when asked whether the Italy team could be built around the flourishing Napoli striker given the Azzurri looked better after he moved into the central forward role following Scamacca’s substitution.

“But (he) needs more international experience. Reaching the Final Four could be important for the younger players in the squad.”

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

It will also be a huge motivating factor for Scamacca to be Italy’s main man.

But Mancini’s approach and team selection for the group decider against Hungary tonight will give the West Ham star a clear indication whether it is he or Raspadori who is now the blue-eyed boy.

Focus will then turn to whether Moyes will finally give Scamacca a starting place in his struggling West Ham side for the crunch clash with Wolves.


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