West Ham United boss David Moyes has made an exciting claim about strike duo Gianluca Scamacca and Michail Antonio.
West Ham fans had become so used to having only one striker over the last 18 months, many had forgotten what it felt like to sign an exciting new forward.
Italy striker Scamacca ended Moyes’ long search for the young, hungry, talented attacker he and Hammers fans were yearning for.
Moyes simply had to bring a new striker to West Ham this summer and it was long overdue.
Antonio’s form has been woeful in 2022 and had continued in a drab pre-season for the Hammers, missing a series of one-on-ones and easy chances.
Now he has just that.
Many fans and pundits assume Scamacca’s arrival means in the medium to long-term, Antonio will be shifted to a wide role or consigned to the bench.
That’s understandable given Moyes – like the majority of modern managers – has always preferred to play with one central striker.
Well now West Ham boss Moyes has made an exciting claim about strike duo Scamacca and Antonio.
The Scot has stated that he will at times consider playing Antonio and Scamacca up front together for the Hammers – a duo that will undoubtedly strike fear into the opposition.
“His (Scamacca) link-up play, his build-up play is very impressive,” Moyes said in his first press conference of the new season.
“He’s a young centre-forward, 23 at the moment is young for someone coming into the Premier League. So I’m looking and having to give him time, you will hear other managers saying it, you have to give these young players time.
“But there’s lots of things I like about him already. I think he’s given the team a lift and he’ll bring us a different dimension to, say, Micky Antonio.
“But I mean the two of them together at different times might give us an option as well. But we’re not going to push him too hard, too quick.”
There will not be a single defender in the Premier League that would relish the prospect of facing Antonio and Scamacca together.
The duo possess a potentially lethal cocktail of pace, power, aerial threat and athleticism.
Having the pressure to score goals lifted from his shoulders could also completely reinvigorate Antonio.