After prising Serie A star striker, Gianluca Scamacca, away from Sassuolo, the Hammers may well “try an encore” with his former teammate, Davide Frattesi.
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The same piece hints at the completion of a Sassuolo double-swoop to link up Frattesi with Scamacca.
However, it will not be completely straightforward, with new Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi interested in luring his former star to the Premier League, after being described in the article as his “mentor.”
Imagine him and Scamacca
The acquisition of a progressive player like Frattesi could well make life at the London Stadium a lot more simple for Scamacca, who has struggled to adapt to Premier League football thus far.
But, having said that, he is not solely to blame for his lack of impact. West Ham have severely underperformed in the goalscoring ranks, due to a lack of creativity and progression in the engine room.
To make matters worse, Scamacca has not been afforded ample opportunity in the league either, having started just one game, playing a combined total of 168 minutes throughout five Premier League appearances.
The arrival of £23k-per-week Frattesi would bring some much-needed enthusiasm to what is a lacklustre midfield in terms of attacking threat.
And he would suit Moyes’ counter-attacking style, with his average of 5.16 progressive carries, with 2.08 carries into the final third a surefire upgrade on Tomas Soucek, who is nowhere near as progressive in possession.
With seven goal contributions in the form of four goals and three assists, his attacking threat is promising, and he’s improved on that form so far this season, scoring two goals in seven Serie A appearances.
A link-up with Scamacca could prove promising for Moyes’ West Ham, with a progressive midfielder certainly needed in order to bolster creative threat.