By Sean Fisher

22nd Nov, 2022 | 12:45pm

Tony Cottee feels sorry for Gianluca Scamacca at West Ham United, David Moyes needs to make big change

Gianluca Scamacca ended the first half of the season in poor form for West Ham United, and Tony Cottee thinks David Moyes needs to make a tactical tweak.

Scamacca arrived in east London with big expectations after a £35million move in the summer [Sky Sports], and the Italian made a promising start to life at West Ham.

However, as the side’s form started to dip, the 23-year-old became starved of service and endured a goal drought before the World Cup break.

Scamacca was often rotated with fellow striker Michail Antonio by Moyes, but Cottee believes playing two up front could solve West Ham’s woes.

Speaking to Claret & Hugh, Cottee said: “I really don’t like one up. I would always play two in fact. Having said that I feel sorry for Scamacca not only because he is being played as the sole striker but because he is getting little service out of midfield.

“He looks a decent striker to me but looks to me as though he really does need some help up top. As a new player trying to settle in, I believe having someone alongside him would help enormously.”

Nothing to lose

If things were still working at West Ham, it’s harder to suggest that Moyes should change it up to accommodate one player.

But frankly, things haven’t been working. The Hammers have dropped down to 16th in the Premiership and the form of the team was incredibly poor before the winter break.

Moyes finds himself under huge pressure and needs a turnaround in the second half of the season to avoid the sack. With nothing to lose, what’s that harm in at least trying two strikers?

Antonio has looked hungry since losing his starting spot and Scamacca has proved already that he can take chances when they’re provided to him.

With time over the winter to plan and implement new ideas in training, Moyes should be drilling his players about how to play with two strikers – it could just save him his job.