Gianluca Scamacca close to Premier League start, says West Ham boss David Moyes

Gianluca Scamacca has rushed into the competition after scoring another goal in Europe to boost West Ham’s Premier League season.

The Italy striker, a £30m summer signing from Sassuolo, scored his second goal in two play-off games against Danish club Viborg as the Hammers secured their Europa Conference League group stage spot.

Scamacca has yet to start a game in the Premier League, but with West Ham bottomed without a point or goal from their first three games, they will have to queue to start at Aston Villa on Sunday.

Manager David Moyes told the club’s website: “I thought Gianluca did a lot of good things.

“Again, we can’t expect too much from him too soon. We have to give him a chance to get ready but he certainly did a great job for us.

“Look, he’s scored two goals for us in two games so he’s certainly getting a lot closer to being ready to play.”

Scamacca opened the scoring with a narrow volley from a Tomas Soucek cross in the 22nd minute.

Said Benrahma and Soucek also scored after the break to seal a 3-0 win in Denmark and a 6-1 aggregate win.

West Ham reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season and Moyes has been aiming for another run in the lower division Conference League.

“It’s special to be in Europe and what makes it really special is that you don’t get it very often,” added Moyes.

“You can sometimes find people who treat it with a little bit of disrespect, but I wanted to make sure we treat it with a lot of respect because I want us to try to do it well and compete in it.

“Now we have another phase of European football and we’re playing in places we may not have played before, so we’re looking forward to that.

“You only come to Europe if you do well in your domestic league, so we have done well in our domestic league in recent years.

“That’s what got us into it, and I want to try and do well in that.

“We tried really hard last year and had a great run and now of course we’re going to try to do the same in this competition.” Gianluca Scamacca close to Premier League start, says West Ham boss David Moyes

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