West Ham United starlet Martin Samuelson lauds 'mentor' Dimitri Payet

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The Hammers prospect has been getting free-kick tips from the high-flying Frenchman.

West Ham United starlet Martin Samuelsen has praised the influence of Dimitri Payet on the training ground in a recent interview with Norwegian broadcaster TV 2.

The 18-year old joined from Manchester City’s academy this summer and has been in and around the first-team this season, making his debut in the Europa League qualifying stages and appearing on the substitute’s bench in the Premier League.

He notched for Norway’s Under-18’s this weekend, delicately converting a free-kick from the edge of the box in his side’s 2-0 win over Latvia, and revealed he has been working on his set-pieces with star man Payet.

"I often take free-kicks after training and there I have a good mentor in Dimitri Payet,” said Samuelsen.

"He and I stand together after training and practice such things, so I have picked up something from him."

There are few better to learn off at present, with the former Marseille man taking the Premier League by storm following his summer switch.

The 28-year old has notched four goals and three assists in his first eight league games, dismissing the notion of a ‘settling in’ period in the process.

Payet is arguably the signing of the summer and maintaining his form and fitness will be vital if the Hammers are to build on their solid start to the campaign.

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