West Ham follow the trend but Gianluca Scamacca brings more than just height to the Premier League.


Dynamic, fluid forward lines have conquered the Premier League in each of the last three seasons, and perhaps not since Chelsea’s last title win in 2016/17, when a frenzied Diego Costa led the charge, the champions have Dependent upon the stirring spear. , the bullying striker.

However, his return of sorts has been the subject of the summer window so far, and while West Ham can hardly claim to be in line for Liverpool and Manchester City’s Darwin Nunes and Erling Haaland by generational measures, Matched, nor are there aspirations of where their massive upgrade could take them, the arrival of Gianluca Scamacca has at least seen the Hammers follow the trend.

At six-foot-five, the view in Italy is that Scamacca is exceptionally well-equipped for what is still not a particularly well-trodden path from Serie A to the Premier League. rapidly so).

Physicality and strength alone are clearly not enough to guarantee the former Sassuolo forward success in leading the line for a club hoping to disrupt the ‘Big Six’, especially as in Michel Antonio, West Ham. Already have a striker who prides themselves on them. There are traits and yet glaring flaws.

But, as with Núñez and Holland, Skamka’s clear possession of both attributes contributes to the silence. gave The stereotypical skepticism of almost any player arriving on these shores for the first time: that is, whatever other qualities they’ve displayed abroad – sharp finishing and intelligent link play, in Skamka’s case – can quickly prove useless here. “If they don’t particularly like it.” Em

Height aside, it’s not hard to see why Schemaka has stood out as an exceptional touch throughout his young career.

As a schoolboy, he made the spectacular decision to cross the divide to switch Lazio’s academy for AS Roma’s and then leave his homeland entirely to join PSV Eindhoven at the age of 16. Daya, where he worked under the tutelage of a coach. Ruud van Nistelrooy knows a thing or two about scoring Premier League goals.

He returned to Italy with Sassuolo in January 2017, although he did not score his first goal for the club until four years later, spending almost the entirety of the interim period on a series of loan spells.

The last of those, with Genoa in Serie A in 2020/21, peaked the interest of some of the country’s top clubs, while Arsenal later scouted the 23-year-old and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly earlier this summer. But they were close to an agreement. West Ham eventually emerged as the front runners.

Scamacca’s breakthrough came back to Sassuolo last term, as the frontman of a team with a reputation as one of the great entertainers of Italian football, a team that boasted the attacking talents of the likes of Domenico Berardi and Giacomo Raspadori. , who scored more goals than fourth-placed Juventus but conceded more than relegated Genoa.

There was real variety in Schemka’s 16 league efforts during the campaign, long-range corkers including a stunning, acrobatic volley against champions AC Milan, commanding headers, first-time finishes and well-placed tap-ins.

There’s more to Gianluca Scamacca’s game than physicality.

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If Hole was to be criticized it would be a lack of consistency: he started the season with just two goals in his first 12 appearances and then finished with three goals in his last eight, enjoying a brilliant spell in mid-table. . .

Antonio has been similarly streaky and the hope for David Moyes will be that the pair can share the domestic and European workload well and avoid the fatigue that plagued the Jamaican’s form so badly last term. How did it end? There will be concern if they both hit the skids at the same time.

Scamacca’s form has put him in Italy’s squad and appears to be fast-tracking to a prominent role in Roberto Mancini’s overhaul in the wake of their disastrous failure to qualify for this winter’s World Cup. As a part (which may as well be. to West Ham’s advantage).

He started a goalless, goalless Nations League game against England at Molineux last month and made little impression, but by then the Italian press had been tipped for the long-term after an encouraging display in a 1-1 draw. was forced to demand retention. Germany.

“He has everything he needs to be a complete centre-forward,” said Mancini, and Italy hope they can finally find a striker capable of taking shape for the club on the international stage. Ho, after the likes of Ceromobile and Andrea Bellotti. Never managed it.

Before that he must now bring her to England.