The Lowdown: Another defeat
West Ham dominated the ball with 63% possession, while also registering more than double the amount of shots mustered up by Brentford, but they failed to make their opponents pay, not creating a single big chance in the entire match.
Ivan Toney opened the scoring just shy of the 20 minute mark before Joshua Dasilva added another before the break to put the game out of reach for David Moyes’ side, who have now lost their last five matches in all competitions.
While it is fair to say that the majority of the team underperformed, Scamacca was deemed to have a particularly bad day at the office by Thomas..
The Latest: Scamacca criticised
Judging by his Twitter post during the game, it’s clear that Thomas thought the Italian was ineffectual on Friday night, with the journalist saying:
“Scamacca has been disappointing so far. Needs to offer more.”
One supporter went one step further in reply to Thomas’ post, calling the striker ‘the new Haller’.
The Verdict: Shared responsibility
It is true that the 23-year-old had very little impact on the game, making just 16 touches across the 90 minutes, the lowest amount of any player that started the match, while also losing the only aerial duel that he contested.
However, the 6 foot 4 marksman needs more service from his teammates, and given that no big chances were created, the blame does not lie solely at his door, with the likes of Lucas Paqueta and Said Benrahma needing to do more to bring him into the play in the final third.
Therefore, a much better performance will be needed from the whole team if they are to get anything from an away trip to Leeds United on Wednesday.
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