Slaven Bilic hails Martin Samuelsen, admits West Ham teenager is 'very talented'

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was impressed with Martin Samuelsen's display against Peterborough United.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has told the club's official website of his delight with new signing Martin Samuelsen following the 3-3 draw with Peterborough United this afternoon.

The Hammers were held to a draw at London Road earlier today, with goals from Mark Noble, Diafra Sakho and Samuelsen putting West Ham 3-1 up before Peterborough snatched a draw.

The game saw new manager Slaven Bilic take charge of his first game since arriving from Besiktas earlier this summer, and teenager Samuelsen grabbed the headlines.

Samuelsen, 18, left Manchester City this summer, and penned a two-year deal at Upton Park, with the Norwegian youngster being seen as one for the future.

Today, Samuelsen scored and produced an impressive display, prompting manager Bilic to tell the club's official website how impressed he was with the striker.

"Martin was lively and is a very talented player," said Bilic. "You can see that he has quick feet and a quick way to control the ball which is very important. He can be very useful," he added.

Could Samuelsen make an impact next season?

West Ham do already have a number of first team forwards; the likes of Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate will all be vying for places next season.

However, Samuelsen will now be looking to prove to BIlic that he deserves a chance in the first team next term, and can use pre-season games to stake his claim.

It's a long shot for the Norwegian to make an instant impact, but Bilic is already impressed with his ability, giving a real chance of playing in the near future.

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