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Is It Strikers Or Moyes' Fault?

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Submitted by nevillenixon on Mon, 20/03/2023 - 16:28

Scurrilous rumours have been 'leaked' to the Press recently regarding Hammers £35 Million striker Gianluca Scamacca, apparently Dino Moyes is 'unhappy' with the imposing 6'5" striker. Perhaps it is because Scamacca stands head and shoulders over the visibly ageing Moyes?

Funnily enough another tall striker also incurred Dino's displeasure, record signing Sebastien Haller was deemed 'not fit for purpose' by Moyes and was moved on at enormous financial loss. The Frenchman went on to break the Champions League scoring record while at Ajax before moving to Germany.

Did Haller disappoint Moyes or was it because Sebastien wasn't a Moyes signing? OK so Haller might not have been a Moyes signing, but Scamacca WAS a Dino signing! Having waited the best part of two years 'hunting' for the right man it was the Hammers manager who sanctioned the move, or did he?

Fans were led to believe it was Moyes who would be at the helm when it came to transfers as he looked to build the club using the Red Bull principle of youth and talented newcomers, well that hasn't happened has it? The mass exodus of 'Red Bull' type youngsters has gone from a trickle to a flood under Moyes' tenure.

A forward thinker Moyes is NOT! He has proven to be as recalcitrant with his answers as Sam Allardyce was in his heyday, except Big Sam didn't pretend to like using youth players whereas the incumbent Scot eludes to his 'liking' of certain youngsters, however most know they don't stand an earthly of progressing to the first team which is why so many talented youngsters have left already and will be followed by many more if Moyes remains at the helm.

Imaging this Board room discussion "Well David, we have backed you in the market but both the main striker we paid good money for is now incredibly disenfranchised and can't wait to jump ship, not only that but the other striker you wanted and we went out and got for you doesn't exactly fit your 'young and hungry' template does he. After all, a 30 year old injury prone player who looks like he is over 50 starting games sends a particular message to some of our own young and hungry players. That message appears to be that they need to leave the club to be given a fair crack of the whip."

So is Scamacca that bad you may ask yourself, just like you did when Sebastien Haller was being played as a lone striker. Both accomplished strikers were used to playing as part of a two up front formation, both were then forced to play as a lone striker under Dino Moyes and the result? Both players floundered around showing brief glimpses of the great players they had the potential to be, but ploughing a lonely trough dug deeper by Dino's stubbornness and reluctance to alter HIS WAY of doing things, despite being out of date and far too rigid.

Is West Ham so wealthy as a club that it can afford to lose £20 Million on one striker and face losing another £15 Million on his replacement? Perhaps Moyes knows, because the fans don't, seemingly neither does the Board! - Ed

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mate it is moyes fault all the way the board are that stupid

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But I've always said it & I always will,regardless of the way Moyes can destroy a players confidence,Haller DID NOT want to play for us as soon as we dropped down the table,the laziest player ever to wear the claret & blue imo!! At least Scam wants to play

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A goal every 2.7 games for us, so a record in the region of Geoff Hurst, Tony Cottee and surprisingly ( for me), Carlton Cole. Who know how many goals he would have scored for us had ten Hag been our manager instead of Moyes? What is indisputable is that Haller can score goals. Until Scamacca gets a decent run of PL games ( he's only completed 3 full PL games) we can't really judge even though we all know MOyes isn't playing to his strengths. Besides, Moyes is not doing much for the confidence of more than just Scamacca. Benni, Lanzini are two others plus his insistance of Antonio up top even though that tactic has now been found out.
PS: In defence of Allardyce, he didn't have the luxury of a team worth over £100 mill, having had to disband and restart from scratch in the Championship with a two word brief, "Get promotion".

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nevillenixon's picture

Big Sam did exactly what was asked on the tin, he assembeld a VERY tall squad that was equipped to take on the rigours of the Championship in order to gain instant promotion...I seem to remember one oppostion captain saying "it was like the land of the giants' waiting in the tunnel to go on!

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I was trying to think who was the big lump up top under Allerdici!! Another one well past his sell by date

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Couldn't agree more Burkie. I'm actually surprised people pay to watch this bollocks week in week out. It's mind numbingly soul destroying...

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How many teams actually play 2 strikers now days? Does anyone start with a good old fashioned 4-4-2 anymore. Watching Italy tonight they employed the 1 striker so Scamacca would have had to play the lone striker role if he started tonight.

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