‘He came, he saw and like other strikers before him, Scamacca failed’

There is no doubt Italy’s number nine is talented but like Haller, he didn’t click at West Ham

Gianluca Scamacca (WHU) at the West Ham United v Leicester City EPL match, at the London Stadium, London, UK on November 12, 2022.

I was sad to see Scamacca leave after only one season at West Ham, and it felt inevitable that he’d start scoring quickly for his new club. The 6ft 5 Italian international has often been compared to the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and it’s a shame that we didn’t really see the best of him.

Despite an injury causing his season to finish earlier than expected and him missing out on playing in the latter stages of the Conference League, we shouldn’t forget that his goals early on in the competition helped set us on our way. I still believe that Scamacca had a lot more to prove and give but our striker curse has struck again. Scamacca has now officially become Haller 2.0.

It would have been great to see him in this current team, but if his move back to Italy was something he wanted, then I wouldn’t argue against his wishes. I do think, however, that something might have happened behind the scenes because even when Scamacca was fit, he didn’t always start and he was and still is Italy’s number nine.

We’ll miss him because he could actually play with the ball at his feet and I think this is where we were just about starting to improve our style of play. We saw in Australia that Scamacca played with someone else up front and it actually proved a point that he worked better with someone alongside him.

We now have a lot of unnecessary pressure on players who need to focus in their designated position.
I really wish I had the answer to our striker curse but unfortunately I don’t. It does make me question what striker would actually want to come to us when they look at our track record with previous strikers.

It’s hard to come by but we need a striker that wants to play for the club and give it their all. Hence why Mubama has been given the chance to show what he can bring to the squad.

When Antonio departs, I think that’s when it will hit us. He played as a right back early on before he was converted into a striker, and him being our top all-time Premier League goal scorer says it all really. I just think we’re one of those teams that just don’t know how to play with a striker and we will always be that way.

It’s clear that Moyes’ main man this season will be Antonio and so far I’m actually impressed with how he’s played in the first few games. For Scamacca and his future I wish him the best. I hope he does well at Atalanta, I hope to see him on the scoresheet more often and would love to see him scoring more for Italy.

As for us, I am hopeful that we can now give Mubama more of a chance upfront which will be great to watch considering he did score in the Conference League.

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