West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca admits he grew up admiring Manchester United legend Eric Cantona.
Scamacca says he can relate with the French maverick.
“Years ago they were doing ads with Cantona,” he told the Daily Mail, sitting on a sofa in the club’s training ground. “I watched them and saw some videos of when he used to play for Manchester United. He was an influence and very imposing, also a little bit arrogant in his approach.
“I am still trying to work towards that for myself. I’ve got to get that confidence. I’m at 70 per cent of my potential. In a couple of months, I’ll get there or be on my way there.”
Scamacca has scored six goals this season, the last two assisted by Lucas Paqueta, West Ham’s other summer signing at £51m.
“I’ve got a great understanding with Paqueta. But I know I can do better. That’s why I want to work on my confidence, intensity and presence on the pitch.
“Here in the Premier League, you need to be more imposing. I am not worried about comparisons (to Erling Haaland or Harry Kane). This is for others to do. It doesn’t affect me. My main concern is to give the best of what I can do.”