Rave reports for Irons teenager


martin-samuelsen-west-hamYoung starlet Martin Sameulsen has picked up rave reports after a top performance in the under 21’s win at Brighton.

The Hammers clinched victory through goals from the Norwegian  teenager and Josh Cullen before  Brighton responded through Jeffrey Monakana.

The summer signing from Manchester City, the 18-year-old Norwegian starred during pre-season for Slaven Bilic’s men, and many fans wanted him to be included in the first-team setup.

However, West Ham have instead chosen to give him regular football in the Under-21’s, and it’s paying dividends so far, with the playmaker turning in a number of superb performances.

Now, academy boss Terry Westley has given his thoughts on Samuelsen’s performance against Brighton to the club’s official website.

He said: “We try to dominate the ball and try and open the opposition up. Samuelsen, particularly first half, was running past players and opening the game up, making opportunities and hitting shots earlier which is what we’ve been working on. It’s great to see that he has taken that on board.

Samuelsen however, has to break into exalted company if he’s to make the first team with the likes of Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Victor Moses and Mauro Zarate all in contention.

However, the third round of the FA Cup may be a good time for Slaven Bilic to give him his chance.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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