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West Ham: David Moyes must stick with Gianluca Scamacca tonight

West Ham United are back in action at home to Danish outfit Silkeborg this evening, with David Moyes’ side looking to maintain their perfect start to the Europa Conference League group stage campaign.

The Hammers’ upcoming opponents had provided them with a stern test when the two sides met earlier this season, however, with the east London outfit only narrowly securing victory following what was an entertaining encounter in Denmark.

That triumph notably saw summer signing Gianluca Scamacca get himself on the scoresheet in stunning fashion with a thumping finish from just outside the area, with the Italian international likely hoping to repeat that feat at the London Stadium later today.

The hope will be that Moyes persists with the £35.5m man against Kent Nielsen’s side despite the towering marksman’s struggles of late, with the imposing gem having produced an underwhelming display against Bournemouth on Monday evening.

That victory saw the £90k-per-week titan record just 30 touches from his 74-minute outing, with the former Sassuolo man notably losing possession on 12 occasions, having been somewhat wasteful in his centre-forward berth.

Such a limp showing had followed another anonymous display against Liverpool at Anfield last week, with Scamacca having notably squandered a potential opening late on after lashing his effort high and wide from the angle.

That being said, any trip to Merseyside is a typically gruelling affair for any visiting side, while Scamacca did at least showcase flashes of his quality against the Cherries earlier this week, notably laying on three key passes as a sign of his creative flair.

While he has failed to score in his last three league games, the £27m-rated ace still boasts six goals in 16 games across all fronts this season, with that tally still making him the club’s top scorer so far this term.

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A player who can “cause nightmares” for any opposition, according to Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, the nine-cap menace notably has two goals to his name in just four group-stage games this season, with the hope being that he can add to that tally tonight.

While Moyes may see the wisdom in giving the one-time Genoa loanee a rest amid this hectic run of fixtures, the Scotsman could be bettered served allowing the new man to continue to find his rhythm in his new surroundings.

Getting back amongst the goals against unfancied opponents could well be an ideal confidence booster for Scamacca.

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