Scamacca mystery deepens as Paqueta shows attitude


By Simon Leyland

Our Supremo was finally able to pick all of his summer signings for the first time this season in their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa but  has demanded more from Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca.

West Ham remain stuck in the relegation zone but Said Benrahma channelled his inner Ray Stewart (ask your Dad) with a thunderous equalising penalty after they fell behind to an Ollie Watkins header.

He spent £170million on eight new signings last summer and another £12million on Danny Ings in January, but for one reason or another he had so far been unable to get them all in his squad at once.

Yet the mystery of Scamacca, the £35million striker, deepened after Moyes overlooked him again, even when the Hammers were chasing a late winner, opting instead to put winger Maxwel Cornet up front.

“We know that his physical data has got to be much better than it is,” revealed Moyes.

“Gianluca has got to get himself back. No manager wants to put out a bad team, you want to put out the players who you think are going to win for you, so you are always looking to put your best team out.

“I think his application is there, we just want the output to be bigger and more, that’s one of things we are looking for more (of).

“The general part of his play, his hold-up play, we like him for it, he’s really, really good at it and we’ve not seen it as much in the work we’ve been doing.”

All was not well with Lucas Paqueta, either, after the club’s record £50million signing seemingly threw a wobbler and walked straight down the tunnel after he was substituted with 15 minutes remaining.

“He wanted to stay on,” added Moyes. “But I’ve told him and I explained to him.”

Paqueta had earlier been booked, and Moyes said: “I didn’t want him to get sent off because then he’d be suspended for future games.

“It was getting to the stage of the game where maybe fresh legs could help. That was the thinking behind it.”

West Ham started the day in the drop zone after Bournemouth’s shock win over Liverpool.

A victory would have lifted us up to 14th, but we were unable to find a winner with a strangely lacklustre Ings drawing a blank against his old club.

The other worrying thing is that our next game is not until April 2, and there is the possibility that we could even be bottom ! With Southampton, Leeds and Bournemouth all playing before then.

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  • johnham1 says:

    All these comments are basically lies just masking the real problem with Moyes. He was afraid to bring Soucek off because he did not want to lose the game. Please stop the bull we are not idiots your DNA is negativity. It is destroying the team. Time to go you have proven you are not prepared to change. We are in massive trouble under his stewardship.

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