By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

21st Mar, 2023 | 4:10pm

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium

Frank McAvennie is stunned that David Moyes chose to call out Gianluca Scamacca publicly and defended the West Ham striker for a lacklustre season so far.

The Italian joined the club in a deal worth around £35m to cure their goalscoring problems in the summer, but he has so far only managed 3 Premier League goals this season.

After falling behind Danny Ings in the pecking order Moyes recently demanded that Scamacca’s physical numbers had to be better if he wanted to get back in the team, but McAvennie was baffled by his decision to call him out publicly despite him barely playing recently due to injury.

“He’s not been playing him. He needs to move in the spaces but he’s not getting the ball. Why would you want to make a run into the spaces if you’re not getting the ball?

“There’s nothing worse than making runs all the time and not getting the ball. As a striker I can tell you there’s nothing worse than that, you get driven up the wall when that happens.

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“I thought Paqueta and Scamacca were enjoying themselves and playing well together for a few games, but there was an injury and all of a sudden it’s all changed.

“I don’t know what’s happened but Scamacca did not look happy on the bench. He did not look happy.

“Then David’s saying it’s a long trip. It’s not a long trip. It’s four-and-a-half hours. I don’t get it.

“I flew home from Australia Saturday morning and played Saturday afternoon. That’s a true story, we won 1-0 and I scored.

“I don’t get it. The manager is talking like it was jet lag, and I’m thinking really? It’s making excuses for the players, and I get that he wants to protect his players, but the fans are not stupid.”