West Ham boss David Moyes has called upon Gianluca Scamacca to deliver at the levels required and has highlighted the areas he needs to improve upon.
Scamacca, who signed for the club this summer from Italian side Sassuolo for a fee of around £35m, has struggled of late to feature under Moyes despite recovering from a knee injury a number of weeks ago.
The strikers omission from the action has raised many questions over Scamacca’s long term future in East London, with Moyes seemingly preferring to opt for Danny Ings or Michail Antonio to lead the line.
The Hammers boss was questioned by the press ahead of our Europa Conference League last-16 2nd leg clash with AEK Larnaca tomorrow night, which West Ham lead 2-0, over what Scamacca needs to do to force his way back into Moyes’ plans this season.
“We want him to be physically working hard for the team,” said the West Ham boss, as reported by Football London. “Getting in the right goal scoring positions, playing like a six foot four centre forward and covering all the ground. That’s what we want from him.
“In the early part of the season we saw that. I just think we haven’t seen it since he came back from his injury in November around the World Cup. He got injured in a friendly around that time. We have not seen him back to that level when he first arrived and that’s what we are looking for.”
Despite the admission Moyes made it clear he has high hopes for the Italian international, and expects him to reach the heights for West Ham and be a success for the club.
“We want him back,” added Moyes. “He’s got something. We like him a lot. He is a great boy. A really good boy. In fact, a very good boy. We want him to do well. we want our Gianluca back who we had from August to November.
“The one we have got right now looks slightly different. We need him to get back to those levels because we could use him, we could play him, he scored some goals, had some contributions, was still growing into it.”