Attention Bilic? West Ham coach Terry Westley raves about Martin Samuelsen

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Martin Samuelsen is turning heads again at West Ham United.

West Ham United academy boss Terry Westley has told the club's official website that he was impressed with Martin Samuelsen's performance for the Under-21's during a 2-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Hammers claimed another win on Monday night, as goals from Samuelsen and Josh Cullen handed West Ham a 2-0 lead, before Jeffrey Monakana pulled one back for Brighton.

The game was another indication that Norwegian ace Samuelsen is going to be a star for the Hammers, as he notched his fourth goal in eight games for the Under-21's this season.

A summer signing from Manchester City, the 18-year-old Norwegian starred during pre-season for Slaven Bilic's men, and many fans wanted him to be included in the first-team setup.

However, West Ham have instead chosen to give him regular football in the Under-21's, and it's paying dividends so far, with the playmaker turning in a number of superb performances.

Now, academy boss Terry Westley has given his thoughts on Samuelsen's performance against Brighton to the club's official website, stating that he was pleased with how he ran at players and tried to shoot earlier - something that has been worked on in training sessions.

"We try to dominate the ball and try and open the opposition up," said Westley. "Samuelsen, particularly first half, was running past players and opening the game up, making opportunities and hitting shots earlier which is what we’ve been working on. It’s great to see that he has taken that on board," he added.

Samuelsen may only be a teenager, but it's clear that he has plenty of talent, and manager Slaven Bilic should certainly be paying attention to his progress.

Yet with the likes of Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Victor Moses and Mauro Zarate all in contention - as well as deadline day signing Michail Antonio - Samuelsen is unlikely to earn any immediate first-team football in the Premier League.

The third round of the FA Cup in January would be a good time for Bilic to bring Samuelsen in and see what he can do in competitive action, with Hammers fans no doubt desperate to see him play after his rave reviews in the Under-21's this season.

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