David Moyes’ decision to publicly criticize Gianluca Scamacca has left former West Ham player Frank McAvennie surprised, as he said to WHZ.
Despite Scamacca only scoring three goals in the Premier League this season after joining the club for around £35m to solve their goalscoring issues, McAvennie defended the Italian striker for his lacklustre season so far. Moyes had previously demanded that Scamacca’s physical performance needed improvement if he wanted to regain his place in the team after falling behind Danny Ings.
However, McAvennie was baffled by Moyes’ decision to call him out publicly, particularly as Scamacca has barely played recently due to injury. McAvennie noted that Scamacca needs to receive the ball in order to make runs, and emphasized the frustration of making constant runs without receiving the ball as a striker. He also observed that Scamacca had previously been playing well with Paqueta, but things had changed since an injury occurred.
“Then David’s saying it’s a long trip. It’s not a long trip. It’s four-and-a-half hours. I don’t get it.
“I flew home from Australia Saturday morning and played Saturday afternoon. That’s a true story, we won 1-0 and I scored.
“I don’t get it. The manager is talking like it was jet lag, and I’m thinking really? It’s making excuses for the players, and I get that he wants to protect his players, but the fans are not stupid.”