David Gold 'confident' West Ham teenager Martin Samuelsen is destined for first-team success

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West Ham's Martin Samuelsen is catching the eye during pre-season.

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has taken to Twitter to praise teenage forward Martin Samuelsen after the 3-2 win over Southend United.

Samuelsen, 18, joined the Hammers on a two-year contract from Manchester City earlier this summer, and was widely expected to be one for the future.

However, the Norwegian teenager is now turning heads in claret and blue, having starred against Peterborough United last weekend, as well as in the 3-2 win over Southend United earlier today.

Many are now wondering whether Samuelsen could make an impact in the first team, having been so impressive during pre-season under new manager Slaven Bilic.

Now, co-chairman David Gold says that he is 'confident' Samuelsen will get a chance to shine in the first team in the near future.

 

Should Samuelsen be around the first team next season?

The Hammers have had something of a dry spell in terms of developing their own stars, but Samuelsen now presents them with the ideal chance to bring a young talent through into the first team.

The young forward has shown in pre-season games that he has the quality to make an impact both now and in the future, and Bilic so far seems to be very impressed with his displays.

With the likes of Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia in contention, Samuelsen is unlikely to land a starting role soon, but as an impact substitute, he could well be in and around the first team next season - despite the teenager only arriving earlier this summer.

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