Exciting Hammers youngster Martin Samuelsen is set for a place on the bench for tonight’s Europa Cup second round first leg clash against Birkirkara.
The 18 year old received rave reviews after the weekend clash against Peterborough United and some thought he might be fast-tracked into tonight’s game.
David Gold, Slaven Bilic and former Hammers midfielder Jak Collison – now with the League One outfit – all sang the former Manchester City youngster’s praises after his performance against the Posh.
But boss Slaven Bilic is likely to keep the hot prospect on the bench as he oversees his first Boleyn match.
A source told us: “The temptation to play him – given the likely absence of Mauro Zarate – is obvious but word is Slaven will resist it and include him as a sub.”