Martin Samuelsen – Youth Report
Posted by James Jones | Published on February 18, 2016
It’s safe to say the young Norwegian midfielder Martin Samuelsen is set for a bright future in the game we all know and love. Samuelsen started off playing for Vard Haugesund at youth level at 14 years of age in his hometown. In his time playing in Norway it was reported a number of the big clubs around the globe were interested in signing Martin as a future prospect.
Clubs such Real Madrid and Chelsea were apparently monitoring his progress, but it was Manchester City who made the first move and secured the highly rated youngster. Martin spent 3 years at Manchester City playing regular football for their elite development squad before West Ham showed an interest last summer. Along with 12 others including the likes of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini Samuelsen joined the East London outfit in one of their busiest transfer windows to date.
On the day the deal was announced on the 20th June, it’s safe to say he got a mixed welcome due to anxious hammers awaiting the confirmation of the Dimitri Payet singing which happened a few days later. Along with the announcement was a picture in which he looked like a young Justin Beiber. Martin didn’t take long to settle in and catch the onlooking West Ham fan’s attention when he scored on his debut in a friendly away at Peterborough 3 weeks later. 5 days later while warming up in the Europa League home game against Birkirkara young Samuelsen wasn’t short in confidence showing off his keepy-ups and fancy footwork. He made his professional debut for the hammer on this afternoon replacing Morgan Amalfitano on the hour mark.
Following our busy summer transfer window, first team places at Slaven Bilic’s much improved West Ham were hard to come by, specially in the midfield department. After making just a handful of appearances from the bench, the 18 year old joined Peterborough on an initial one month loan deal ending 2nd January. Samuelsen scored his first goal for Peterborough in the 3-2 win over Sheffield United. This goal grabbed the attention of the media after the Norwegian received the ball near the touchline before weaving his way in and out of a number of defenders before finding the back of Sheffield United’s net. The manner of the goal got social media comparing him to the likes of Lionel Messi.
His loan spell at Peterborough United has now been extended until the end of the 2015/16 season in order for him to continue playing regular first team football. Martin Samuelsen told BBC Radio Cambridge: “From the moment I came to Peterborough the players welcomed me, I really like it here, when you have the backing of the players you can try more thins which is what my game is all about. Short term I want to get promoted with Peterborough, Long term I want to play for West Ham United and win trophies with them and play in Europe again. It’s important not to rush things, I can gain confidence here to move up to the Premier League next season.”
It’s been reported that West Ham are set to offer the impressive Norwegian youngster a new long term deal to keep him in London ahead of our move to The Olympic Stadium which is said to be virtually irresistible. I for one can’t wait to see more of Martin playing in Claret & Blue for many years to come.