Waiting for his chance

The youngster is the most exciting prospect at West Ham in years

West Ham’s youngster Martin Samuelsen is already known to Hammers fans as the Norwegian Justin Bieber, thanks to his youthful looks and similar hairstyle. But there is no reason why he cannot enjoy the kind of success to parallel the American pop icon’s impact within the music industry.

That may sound like an exaggeration, or perhaps even putting way too much weight on such young and inexperienced shoulders, but it’s no bad thing. Certainly his performances on loan at Peterborough and Blackburn suggest he has the potential to deal with the pressure that invariably comes with being an exciting young talent. He also has three senior caps for Norway at just 19-years-old, which should not be underestimated when you consider he is yet to feature in the Premier League.

Samuelsen recently had his loan spell at Blackburn cut short in order for him to return to Peterborough, where he enjoyed an impressive spell on loan last season. We all remember how he had the entire country expecting big things from him aft er almost single-handedly making fools of West Brom players during a televised FA Martin Samuelsen The youngster is the most exciting prospect at West Ham in years Waiting for his chance Cup match last season. He showed exactly why the club think highly of him and why West Ham fans are eager to see him play in claret and blue as soon as possible.

But can he make the step up and become a regular in the Premier League for us? Th e early signs are encouraging and it would be nice to see Slaven Bilic show some faith in him next season. Two seasons out on loan to get some valuable first team experience in a hugely competitive division will only do Samuelsen the world of good.

He comes across as the kind of lad who just wants to learn and continue improving as a player, so these past two seasons will definitely not have been wasted on him.

West Ham’s recent history of introducing youngsters to first team action has been woeful but this current crop have a completely different aura about them, a completely different level of promise we perhaps haven’t seen since the likes of Frank Lampard and Joe Cole came through.

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