By Joe Ellis

24th Sep, 2022 | 11:50am

West Ham United must start Gianluca Scamacca after getting Italy nod

West Ham United’s summer signing Gianluca Scamacca is yet to assert himself onto David Moyes’ team at the London Stadium.

The 23-year-old was the club’s signature signing before Lucas Paqueta was nabbed from Lyon for £50million and was expected to be the striker that the Irons have been crying out for ever since Sebastien Haller left for Ajax.

But Moyes does not yet seem to trust him to lead the line for the Irons but he might have to change that tune after Roberto Mancini gave him the nod to start for Italy against England on Friday.

The European champions won 1-0 in a drab affair to relegate the Three Lions from the top flight of the Nations League and while Scamacca didn’t have his best game ever, he was still effective in his own way.

La Gazzetta Dello Sport rated the West Ham striker at a 6/10 for his showing a the San Siro as he drifted to the left flank a little too often but that is still not a rating to be sniffed at in such a big international fixture.

Whether Scamacca was the man of the match or a hopeless mess, the very fact that he is starting for such a prestigious and talented nation as Italy are should be enough to indicate to Moyes that he is good enough to lead the line at the London Stadium.

Michail Antonio has done a great job at that over the past couple of seasons but it only ever seems a matter of time until a small injury keeps him out of a game or two.

The Italian doesn’t seem to get those kinds of problems and looks extremely fit for someone as tall as him which is a very encouraging sign.

But to spend £35million for a bench player would be mad so the 23-year-old has to start games sooner rather than later to make that price look reasonable.