Will Martin Samuelsen prove to be one of West Ham's smartest signings in years?

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Taking a closer look at West Ham United's new teenage attacking midfielder.

When West Ham United signed Martin Samuelsen on a free transfer earlier this summer it is fair to say the vast majority of Hammers fans did not know what they were getting. But after the teenager’s debut in Saturday’s pre-season clash with Peterborough, things have suddenly become a lot clearer.

Samuelsen had spent the previous three years at City’s academy but having been released by the Blues it was West Ham who were smart enough to offer the young Norwegian a deal following a succesful trial.

If they saw then what West Ham fans did at the weekend it would have been a no-brainer, and it begs the question: Have the Hammers pulled off one of their smartest transfers in years?

While Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang are the headline arrivals to date, Samuelsen has already proved he could have a very bright future at the club.

At the weekend the teenager scored one of West Ham’s three goals and his overall performance spoke of an innate talent who just needs a stage on which to shine.

He has now found that stage, and while it is very early to be making assumptions the boy clearly has talent in abundance.

So hats off to West Ham for taking a chance on a player who at this rate will be sticking around long beyond his initial two-year contract.

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