By Kevin Campbell

20th Sep, 2022 | 2:55pm

Pundit issues emphatic Michail Antonio claim after West Ham reveal

Gianluca Scamacca will not have to wait too long for his next start for West Ham in the Premier League, according to Kevin Campbell.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Everton and Arsenal striker admitted he is not surprised Michail Antonio is currently ahead of Scamacca in the pecking order.

The summer signing has only started one top-flight game for his new club but has three goals in four Europa Conference League games.

As quoted by football.london last week (17 September), David Moyes insisted the best is yet to come from the 23-year-old.

Despite scoring a stunning goal in the 2-1 comeback win over Rosenborg (16 September), Scamacca was dropped for Antonio in the 1-0 loss to Everton at the weekend (18 September).

“Am I surprised? No, I’m not surprised at all,” Campbell told Football Insider assistant editor Dylan Childs.

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“Michail Antonio has been a handful in the Premier League for the last three or four years.

“There was always talk of Michail Antonio needing somebody to come in when he’s either gone off the boil or he needs to play another position.

“We’re talking seven games in, after another three games, that’s when the league will start to settle down.

“There will be games where I’m sure Scamacca will probably start with Michail Antonio maybe playing another position.

“Until that moment I think it’s probably a case of getting Scamacca used to the West Ham way and what David Moyes wants.

“He scored a good goal in Europe, he’ll get his European games obviously, to keep him match-fit.

“I’m sure when David Moyes feels it’s right, he’ll get a start in the Premier League.”

In other news, a West Ham star with 30 Premier League appearances last term has been told to find a new club.