Expert can't believe what's happening with Gianluca Scamacca at West Ham
Noel Whelan has insisted David Moyes must give Gianluca Scamacca a consistent run of games as his West Ham side continue to struggle in front of goal.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 23-year-old must play week-in, week-out – even if he is not successful.
Scamacca played just 13 minutes from the substitutes’ bench as West Ham were knocked out by Blackburn on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the League Cup third round on Wednesday (9 November).
The Italy international was also hooked at half-time during the Irons’ 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace last week (6 November).
Scamacca, who joined West Ham for a reported £35.5million during the summer window, has netted just two Premier League goals in 12 outings so far.
The Londoners sit two points and three places above the relegation zone as fan pressure builds once again on Moyes.
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Whelan insisted Scamacca must be given a run in the side in order to adjust fully to his new surroundings.
He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s never easy to be knocked out on penalties.
“It wasn’t like they missed three, either. They missed one and it was 10-9.
“But you’d expect them to win these kinds of games in the 90 minutes, and that just sums up the inconsistency in performances we’re seeing with West Ham.
“They were good at scoring goals last season, but this season they’ve found it a lot harder.
“They’ve gone out and got an absolutely fantastic striker in Scamacca – but they’ve got to play him consistently.
“He’s got to play whether he’s playing well or not, whether he’s scoring or not.
“He has to get that run to get used to a new system, new teammates, and a new league.”