The Scamacca Dilemma
Gianluca Scamacca has been scoring for fun in the Conference League but it’s not happening in the Prem. The Italian could be given more minutes but with West Ham not creating chances he’s barely had a shooting opportunity – he needs to be supplied. Michail Antonio continues to work hard and West Ham’s lack of goals isn’t down to his inconsistent finishing.
It’s frustrating to see a player like Scamacca show glimpses of talent but yet not be given a proper chance in the league but the truth is any striker would be finding it tough up front for West Ham right now.
Many believe Antonio and Scamacca could work well up front together or Antonio could play in an inside winger role to support him. Moyes has recently hinted at not wanting to play a 4-4-2 and he said the only chance of seeing them together is if West Ham change and use a back five – what Moyes used in pre-season to little success.
To end on a positive the defence has actually been good. Kehrer and Kurt Zouma look to be forming a great partnership, bringing in the German for less than West Ham sold Issa Diop for looks like a Moyes masterstroke. Aaron Cresswell comes in for criticism with Emerson challenging him but the set-piece specialist has been decent this season even if supporters would like to see more of the ex-Chelsea man for a bit more excitement.
Vladimir Coufal has been fairly poor so far. His tackle numbers are high but he’s another being not good enough when on the ball this season. His long balls up the line just give away possession and are becoming increasingly annoying.
Ben Johnson was playing well prior to injury and deserves a shot a right-back when he recovers. Harrison Ashby is a promising youngster who deserves game time in Europe but putting him in, in the league when the team is struggling would be a risk.
Moyes’ side expected goals against is 1.1 per game and considering we’ve already faced top sides like Man City, Chelsea, Spurs and even Graham Potter’s Brighton that is okay.