Written by Ricky Carroll
Gianluca Scamacca was born in Rome, and like the famous Gladiators, he has slain his opposition. At 23 years old, this young striker is fresh from enjoying a breakout season in Serie A for Sassuolo scoring 16 goals in 36 games. At 6′5″, Scamacca is physically imposing. Gianluca's athleticism is one of his best assets. He's comfortable using his size to hold the ball up, but he's good with the ball at his feet. During his early career, he struggled for game time. But after scoring 13 goals on loan at Ascoli, it was time for him to terrorise Serie A! His loan spell at Genoa was difficult for him in a struggling team, but he stood out, imposing his physical presence and showing he could score goals in Italy's top league! Last season, Scamacca enjoyed a massive breakout season which attracted interest from all over Europe. He's a man-mountain. Many have described him as a 'young Zlatan' In addition to his brilliant hold up play, his movement is superb. Much like a young Zlatan, he will run channels and drag defenders out of position. His hold up play is one of his best assets, enabling him to hold the ball up for others. Scamacca has a lot of variety in his game. He's not afraid to drop deep and link up with his teammates. He has also shown this season that he can sit on the shoulder of the last defender and look to exploit the opposition by running in behind. He will shoot from anywhere. He has scored all kinds of goals this season. He has proven he can be in the right place at the right time for those fox in the box poacher goals. He's scored freekicks this season and 25-yard screamers. It's been an exceptional season for this young Gladiator, and it feels like there's plenty more to come, and West Ham have won the race for the 23-year-old Italian International paying a reported £30.5 million to bring 'young Zlatan' to the Premiership.