Italy boss Roberto Mancini believes that Gianluca Scamacca could need “five months” to adjust to life at West Ham.
The Hammers agreed to pay £35.5m to sign the striker from Sassuolo in the summer transfer window.
Scamacca has since scored three goals in nine games, although all of those goals came in the Europa Conference League.
He has played five times in the Premier League but has yet to score.
Mancini has picked him for his latest Italy squad, as they prepare to play England and Hungary in the Nations League.
Due to the fact that the Euro 2020 winners are playing the Three Lions, who they beat in the Euro 2020 final, Mancini was asked about the Premier League players in his squad.
Speaking specifically about the Irons striker, as per Football Italia, he said: “We’ll play against a strong team physically [England]. Scamacca joined a difficult league and it will take some time to understand English football. He will take four or five months to settle in, but time is by his side.”
That may come as a worrying soundbite from Mancini, given the Hammers’ form; their defeat to Everton at the weekend has left them languishing in the bottom three as the international break looms.