West Ham United striker Gianluca Scamacca had a fantastic season in Serie A last season and could be a worthwhile purchase for managers in this season’s Fantasy Premier League.
The Hammers finalised the acquisition of the 23-year-old Italian on Tuesday night for an undisclosed amount reported to be in the region of £30.5 million, making him West Ham’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window after Alphonse Areola, Nayef Aguerd, and Flynn Downes.
Scamacca’s arrival will place him in the Premier League’s popular online fantasy football game, Fantasy Premier League.
Managers are given a £100 million budget to create a squad of 15 players, including two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders, and three forwards, in the game played worldwide by fans and professional footballers alike.
The 23-year-old has jumped right into the game ahead of the 2022/23 Premier League season, which begins in nine days, and has been priced at £7 million, which is a bargain when compared to the rest of the division’s best scorers.
Using their points total (excluding bonus points), Scamacca would have been the sixth highest-scoring forward last season with 117 points, providing excellent value to those who scored more.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane (169), Liverpool’s Diogo Jota (167), Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo (130), new Hammers teammate Michail Antonio (126) and Ivan Toney (126) finished ahead of Scamacca on non-bonus points (120).
However, Scamacca’s £7m price tag implies that if he had begun last season with the same price tag and received the same number of fantasy points in Serie A as he would in the Premier League this season, he would have averaged 16.7 points per £1m spent.
In comparison, Ronaldo got 10.4 points per million, Kane earned 13.5, Toney earned 18.5, Antonio earned 16.8, and Jota earned 22.3, making Scamacca a far better value than Ronaldo, Kane, and Antonio.
Last season, just three West Ham players scored more non-bonus points than Scamacca. Jarrod Bowen (182) led the Hammers in scoring and was third in the league in non-bonus points. Only Mohamed Salah (236) and Son Heung-min (231) had a higher total.
Antonio (126) and Said Benrahma (123) came close behind Bowen in terms of most points for West Ham without bonuses, with Scamacca’s 117 putting him ahead of the others.
With a low FPL transfer value and a high number of points (assuming last season’s form is taken into account), Scamacca may be too good to ignore if he is played up front ahead of Antonio next season.
He could not only deliver a high point total, but he could also do so without consuming a large percentage of your transfer budget.