Mark Noble is confident West Ham summer signing Jonathan Calleri can open his account for the club sooner rather than later.
The Hammers host Romanian outfit Astra Giurgiu in the second leg of their Europa league qualifier on Thursday, with the tie finely poised at 1-1.
Calleri is likely to play a part as Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll are both missing and Noble has offered the Argentine forward his backing.
The 22-year-old, who is on loan from Deportivo Maldonado, saw a header cleared of the line in last week’s first leg against Astra and also missed a good chance against Bournemouth at the weekend but Noble is convinced the goals will come for Calleri.
He told the club’s official website: “I was gutted that Jonathan could not make it 2-0 right at the end. I have watched YouTube videos of him scoring goals and he is a good finisher. I have also seen that in training.
“Coming to a new country it would have been nice for him to get off the mark in the Premier League but I am pretty sure he will score goals for us.”
West Ham are also without Sofiane Feghouli and Aaron Cresswell for the Europa League outing, while Dimitri Payet could play some part and Manuel Lanzini is close to making a return.