Gianluca Scamacca ‘could be one of the signings of the summer’ as West Ham hope to end striker curse… at 50th attempt

Amid all the excitement surrounding the signing of Gianluca Scamacca, there will be a nerf or two among West Ham’s top brass.

West Ham have announced the signing of the 23-year-old Italy international, who arrives with plenty of pedigree.

Scamacca joins £35million deal with Serie A club Sassuolo

Goals are the game of the 6ft5in striker, who scored more without providing a single assist than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues last season with 16.

The transfer is a ‘coup’ for the east Londoners, according to talkSPORT’s Lucy Ward, who believes Scamacca could be one of the signings of the summer.

“One thing West Ham didn’t have in this Europa League campaign was strength in depth in that No.9 position,” Ward said.

“As well as the rotation and competition for Michail Antonio, he needed a bit of help in terms of rest… and when he was injured the team really struggled.

“Scamacca, what a signature. He’s only 23 but everyone in Italy has known him for ten years… everyone in Italy says they want to keep him in Serie A for now so West Ham to sign him is a coup .

“He’s different from Antonio but he’s quick, skilful and powerful. West Ham made a good deal and Italy is not happy!

Gianluca Scamacca 'could be one of the signings of the summer' as West Ham hope to end striker curse... at 50th attempt
Scamacca has seven caps with the Italian national team to his name

“It’s a great move for West Ham because they’re adding a different type of striker to their squad and for him it’s a Premier League opportunity at a safe club that will be there or around in the top six.

“There won’t be too much attention on him either. He played in the Eredivisie when he was 16, so I’m sure he’ll be able to settle down.

“At PSV Eindhoven his mentor was Ruud van Nistelrooy and he made sure he played between positions, so he’s obviously a finisher.

“I think that could be one of the signings of the summer.”

Things have been going well for West Ham in recent seasons with David Moyes guiding them to the Europa League semi-finals last season and the Hammers.

Gianluca Scamacca 'could be one of the signings of the summer' as West Ham hope to end striker curse... at 50th attempt
There have been a few forward signing success stories under current ownership, but many more failures
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But acquiring a striker can bring back bad memories for anyone connected with the club, as the owner’s current record for signing point guards isn’t the best…

The curse of the West Ham striker

Mido: 2010 (Goals: 0)

Benni McCarthy: 2010 (Goals: 0)

Frédéric Piquionne: 2010 (Goals: 11)

Ilan: 2010 (Goals: 4)

Pablo Barrera: 2010 (Goals: 0)

Victor Obinna: 2010 (Goals: 8)

Demba Ba: 2010 (Goals: 7)

Robbie Keane: 2011 (Goals: 2)

Sam Baldock: 2011 (Goals: 5)

Brian Montenegro: 2011 (Goals: 0)

John Carew: 2011 (Goals: 2)

Nicky Maynard: 2012 (Goals: 4)

Joe Dixon: 2012 (Goals: 0)

Ricardo Vaz Te: 2012 (Goals: 19)

Andy Carroll: 2012 (Goals: 34)

Wellington Paulista: 2013 (Goals: 0)

Marouane Chamakh: 2013 (Goals: 0)

Sean Maguire: 2012 (Goals: 0)

Modibo Maiga: 2013 (Goals: 7)

Mladen Petric: 2013 (Goals: 0)

Carlton Cole: 2013 (Goals: 8)

Jaanai Gordon: 2014 (Goals: 0)

Marco Borriello: 2014 (Goals: 0)

Mauro Zarate: 2014 (Goals: 7)

Enner Valencia: 2014 (Goals: 10)

Diafra Sakho: 2014 (Goals: 24)

Néné: 2015 (Goals: 0)

Martin Samuelsen: 2015 (Goals: 0)

Nikica Jelavic: 2015 (Goals: 2)

Luka Belic: 2015 (Goals: 0)

Michail Antonio: 2015 (Goals: 60)

Emmanuel Emenike: 2016 (Goals: 2)

Sofiane Feghouli: 2016 (Goals: 4)

Toni Martinez: 2016 (Goals: 0)

Ashley Fletcher: 2016 (Goals: 1)

Simone Zaza: 2016 (Goals: 0)

Jonathan Calleri: 2016 (Goals: 1)

André Ayew: 2016 (Goals: 12)

Marko Arnautovic: 2017 (Goals: 22)

Javier Hernandez: 2017 (Goals: 17)

Jordan Hugill: 2018 (Goals: 0)

Oladapo Afolayan: 2018 (Goals: 1)

Andriy Yarmolenko: 2018 (Goals: 10)

Xande Silva: 2018 (Goals: 0)

Lucas Perez: 2018 (Goals: 6)

Mesaque Dju: 2019 (Goals: 0)

Sebastien Haller: 2019 (Goals: 14)

Albian Ajeti: 2019 (Goals: 0)

Jarrod Bowen: 2020 (Goals: 26)

Gianluca Scamacca: 2022 (goals: to be confirmed)

The likes of Marko Arnautovic, Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen show West Ham haven’t been totally cursed since 2010.

However, they weren’t initially signed as centre-forwards while there’s no doubt that Scamacca will play there from the start.


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