How did West Ham get Scamacca transfer so wrong?

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It’s disheartening to see just how much West Ham missed the mark with Gianluca Scamacca’s transfer. His performance at Atalanta this season has been nothing short of scintillating, and last night he twisted the knife deeper into West Ham’s hearts by scoring a spectacular goal in the Coppa Italia.

Scamacca was brought to West Ham at the start of last season, but David Moyes struggled to integrate him effectively into the team. Consequently, the striker was sold back to Italy at a significant loss, and he has flourished ever since.

In the Coppa Italia semi-final against Fiorentina, Scamacca levelled the aggregate score with a stunning volley. It was exactly the type of goal that West Ham fans knew he was capable of, yet it offers little solace seeing him achieve such feats for another team.

The Italy international had already fired a shot into the top corner in the first half, only for it to be disallowed due to an earlier foul by Teun Koopmeiners on Lucas Beltran.

However, there was no disputing his second attempt. After Charles De Ketelaere headed a cross towards him, Scamacca let it bounce once before striking an acrobatic volley.

His goal gave Atalanta a 2-1 lead on the night, tying the aggregate at 2-2 in this dramatic Coppa Italia semi-final. Adding to the drama, Fiorentina was reduced to 10 men after Nikola Milenkovic was sent off for fouling Scamacca, who was clear on goal.

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  • Mike Owers says:

    We got t wrong very easily. We followed the template of the Haller transfer!! Two top strikers hopelessly mismanaged by Moyse. West Ham lost a fortune financially and a lot of credibility amongst top level clubs everywhere. And Moyse? Nothing. Not even a word of sanction from the Board. We are truly a very trance club.

    • ricardo says:

      Moyes never adapts his game plan to the players best abilities. Haller and Scamacca needed a midfield to permanently feed them. Right now, Kudus would probably do even better playing through the center, closer to the area positions. Moyes doesn’t seem to care nor learn from the players history before their arrival at West Ham. It is his way.


    The man’s a dinosaur no man management or tactical awareness

  • Paul Basnett says:

    Moyes is totally inflexible around his system. Antonio epitomises what he wants from a centre forward and there seems to be no other player out there like him that WHam can buy. Haller and Scamacca are really good players but don’t play like Antonio they need support with more possession and accurate distribution from midfield. That isn’t Moyes way, how the club ever thought Haller and Scamacca would do it is baffling.

  • John barker says:

    He doesn’t suit our style of football. End of:

  • Simon says:

    Simple, why West Ham got the Scamacca saga wrong.
    Moyes is extremely happy to work with dinosaurs that he can boss around.
    Anything that resembles talent, Moyes would mess up and make very unhappy to the point of despair.
    Cases in point is Haller, Hugill, Scamacca, Benrahma, Mubama, Ings … and next Kudus and Paqueta.
    WH gotta get rid of Moyes before we have the whole club messed up, and get someone who can develop individual players as well as a strong and fearful team unit.

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