West Ham manager David Moyes warned Gianluca Scamacca will need more time to adjust to the Premier League as he suggested Erling Haaland’s exploits are contributing to unrealistic expectations of other foreign imports.
Italy striker Scamacca has netted three Europa Conference League goals since his £30million move from Sassuolo after scoring in Thursday’s 3-2 win at Danish club Silkeborg.
But the 23-year-old has yet to make any impact in the top flight as he has been limited to just one start so far.
In contrast, Manchester City forward Haaland, in form, has scored 13 goals in all competitions since joining from Borussia Dortmund after opening his account with a brace against the Hammers last month.
“When you’re 23 years old and you’re coming from Italy and the league there and you’re starting over, it’s really difficult to explain the jump to everyone and how difficult that can be and how long it can maybe take,” Moyes said of Scamacca ahead of the Travel to Everton on Sunday.
“Haaland has made an incredible impression on Manchester City and football in general at the moment.
“I don’t know if there are still too many new strikers who have come into the country to say that about.
“So it takes time, especially for center forwards, to embed themselves and feel their value while teams figure out exactly how to use them. We have to do that with Gianluca.
“He’s going to play a lot for us but he’s still building up to the level we want him to be.
“If you took Haaland out of the equation you might have said that many of the newer ones might have taken a little longer to settle in and it can happen.
“I think Haaland really set the bar high for all strikers.”
West Ham’s summer transfer activity resulted in eight signings for a total of around £160m but missed out on Belgium midfielder Amadou Onana.
The Hammers had reportedly agreed a transfer with French club Lille, but the 21-year-old eventually joined divisional rivals Everton in a deal worth around £31.5million.
Moyes admits he expected Onana to be a West Ham player this season as he prepares to meet him at Goodison Park.
“We were close,” said the Scot.
“It was one of those phases in the transfer window where a lot of things were very stressful and difficult to get things done. We just couldn’t quite get that over the line.
“But we really wanted to take him with us. We had heard a lot of good things; He is a young, aspiring player.
“For a long time we thought we got him but in the end it didn’t quite work out and he ended up at Everton.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/david-moyes-italy-premier-league-sassuolo-west-ham-b2169189.html David Moyes suggests Erling Haaland is raising unfair expectations of Gianluca Scamacca