Martin Samuelsen could be about to show West Ham fans just how good he is

Upton Park

Taking a look at a young West Ham United player who has the talent to play an important role this season.

West Ham United have signed a number of players this summer so an 18-year-old attacking midfielder with no competitive action to his name prior to this season could have easily slipped under the radar.

But that has not been the case with former Manchester City youngster Martin Samuelsen, who shone in pre-season for the Hammers and featured twice in their Europa League qualifying campaign.

With the West Ham no longer in that competition, and so many stars competing for a starting spot at Upton Park right now, it is no surprise Samuelsen has not yet made his Premier League debut, but that chance could be right around the corner if he impresses in his next likely outing.

Samuelsen was an unused substitute in the recent 3-0 victory against Liverpool and whatever the next few weeks bring, he should get some game-time in the Capital One Cup against Leicester City later this month.

If he does so, and if he plays to his potential, the young Norwegian could give his manager Slaven Bilic yet another selection headache.

After all, Samuelsen may be young but he has already shown in his brief time at the club that he has what it takes to play for the senior side sooner rather than later.

He possesses innate talent and the confidence to go with it and a fine showing against the high-flying Foxes would make an emphatic statement for the games yet to come.

Samuelsen will not be a regular this season and rightly so, but he deserves minutes and could be West Ham’s secret weapon from the bench that unlocks a few stubborn defences between now and the end of the Premier League campaign.

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