David Moyes was 'disappointed' at Gianluca Scamacca start v Silkeborg
Gianluca Scamacca doubled his West Ham goal tally on Thursday evening with a stunner against Silkeborg, but David Moyes was left unimpressed with his new striker.
After opening his Hammers account against Viborg last week, Scamacca again found the net on Thursday night during West Ham’s 3-2 triumph over Silkeborg.
Scamacca arrived at the London Stadium for £35million in the summer but has had to remain patient for game time under Moyes.
The Hammers boss admitted his side was starting to see the best of the Italian forward following the Silkeborg clash, but also fired some criticism his way.
“We are beginning to see a bit of it. I was a bit disappointed with some of his early performance but he grew into the game,” said Moyes at full-time, as quoted by talkSPORT.
“We’re still getting him used to it. We’re beginning to feel stronger. We’re getting the new players integrated, finding out more about them.”
Firing him up
Moyes’ criticism of Scamacca is nothing more than the Hammers boss trying to get the best out of his big-money signing.
So far, the 23-year-old forward has been afforded time to settle into his surroundings in east London, but with the Hammers stooping down in 18th in the Premier League after a poor start to the season, he’ll be expected to lead the line sooner rather than later.
Allowing Scamacca to find his shooting boots and get off the mark in the Europa Conference League could be a stroke of genius by Moyes as the Italian is slowly introduced to the Premier League – but he can’t remain sidelined for too long.
Scamacca, at times, has looked blunt when spearheading this West Ham side, but he’s also shown that he knows how to score when presented with a chance.
The Everton clash on the weekend will likely see him benched once more, but with the international break fast approaching, Moyes will be preparing to throw Scamacca in the deep end when the Premier League returns in October.