What Gianluca Scamacca did to Chelsea star Kalidou Koulibaly last time they faced off in Serie A will give West Ham great hope.
West Ham head to Stamford Bridge to face Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in a very rare Saturday 3pm kick-off this weekend.
After a slow start the Hammers have shown signs of improvement, following up their first win and goal of the season at Aston Villa with a 1-1 draw against Spurs in midweek.
Chelsea are, like West Ham, going through an intense period of squad transition having seen a raft of departures and arrivals following a hectic transfer window in east and west London.
Two of those changes are the £35m additions on both sides of Italy striker Scamacca at West Ham and defender Koulibaly at Chelsea.
Both players have faced each other before in Serie A with Sassuolo and Napoli respectively.
Having been laid low by illness for most of the week, Scamacca is touch and go to face Chelsea.
There was hope when video posted by West Ham on Friday showed the forward back in training.
The temptation for David Moyes at Stamford Bridge will be to fight fire with fire and pit powerhouse striker Michail Antonio up against man mountain Blues new boy Koulibaly.
But what Scamacca did to Chelsea star Koulibaly last time they faced off in Serie A will give West Ham great hope.
Scamacca scored 16 goals in Serie A last season and one of his best came in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Koulibaly’s Napoli.
Back in December, Sassuolo fought back from 2-0 down to hold then Serie A leaders Napoli 2-2 with a spectacular goal from Scamacca.
West Ham’s new striker gave Koulibaly a torrid time and scored a real cracker before the Senegalese was substituted as Napoli looked to cling on. In the end Scamacca’s side were only denied a winner at the death by VAR.
Hammers fans will be hoping Moyes takes note of the clip below where Scamacca evades Koulibaly before showing fantastic chest control and blasting a right-foot volley into the roof of the net.
The way Scamacca turned his body to control the ball away from his marker Koulibaly in a packed area before unleashing the volley is majestic.
The goal is a thing of beauty and you can check it out in the video below from around 1min 40secs in.
West Ham will be hoping history repeats itself and that – if fit – Scamacca can get the better of Koulibaly again, this time at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.