By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

10th Mar, 2023 | 4:10pm

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Frank McAvennie wants David Moyes to pair Danny Ings and Gianluca Scamacca together up front for West Ham in their battle against relegation.

The Hammers sit one point above the relegation zone heading into the weekend clash with Aston Villa, after two Michail Antonio goals helped them claim a 2-0 win over AEK Larneca in the Europa Conference League on Thursday (9 March).

But Antonio was forced off with a calf problem in that game and faces a late fitness test to play against Aston Villa, and McAvennie says that Moyes should play his two other striker options together to provide more of a threat and believes they’d be a better partnership than if Antonio was involved.

“I think he should play Ings and Scamacca together,” he told West Ham Zone.

“I don’t think he could play Ings and Antonio or Scamacca and Antonio but I think Ings and Scamacca, yeah definitely. I think they’re clever enough.

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“Scamacca and Ings could just swap. They’re very clever players, and Ings will score goals. He’s the first one out of everyone where I’ve said, wow, he will score goals.

“I didn’t know with Scamacca and Antonio is a winger. That’s the first time they’ve brought in a striker and one that is proven in the Premier League. It doesn’t get much better than that. He will score goals. You put the ball in the box and he will put the ball in the net.

“He just needs to stay fit, because hopefully he doesn’t get injured again.”

Scamacca is working his way back from injury, but hasn’t scored since a 2-2 draw with Leeds back on January 4th, while Ings scored his two goals for the club in the 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest two weeks ago.