Speaking to the official West Ham website, Martin Samuelsen has admitted that his start to life with the Hammers has been great, but he is looking towards making more first-team appearances this season.
The 18-year-old said: “It was great to get that experience [first-team debut] so early in my time here. It was great for future motivation and I enjoyed every second of it. I would love to get a few more games this season, but if it doesn’t come I won’t be disappointed. I know I am on the right track. I am doing well in training and it is just a matter of being patient.”
Samuelsen only signed for the Hammers over the summer, agreeing the switch to the Boleyn Ground after leaving Manchester City on a free transfer.
He was signed as a youth and development player, but started training with Slaven Bilic’s first-team in the summer, and impressed in pre-season enough to be handed his competitive debut very early in his career.
The young attacking midfielder made his debut in the Europa League, playing 31 minutes in the second round tie against Birkirkara at the Boleyn Ground. He then followed that up with a shorter cameo against the same team one week later in the away tie.
Samuelsen has not played for the first-team since those games, being with the Under-21 squad, although he was named on the bench for the Premier League tie against Liverpool, and there is a belief he will be adding to his senior appearance tally as the season progresses.
Samuelsen himself wants to add to these appearances in the first-team, admitting he would love to get a few more appearances to his name under Bilic, and if he continues to perform as he has been, it should not be too long before fans get to see the extremely talented youngster back in the first-team.