Could Martin Samuelsen get his Premier League debut with Dimitri Payet out injured?

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The West Ham United youngster has been learning from the man 10 years his senior.

In a recent interview with Norwegian broadcaster TV2, West Ham United midfielder Martin Samuelsen explained that he had been getting free-kick tips from his Hammers teammate Dimitri Payet.

“I have a good mentor in Dimitri Payet,” Samuelsen said. “He and I stand together after training and practice such things, so I have picked up something from him.”

Learning from a quality player like Payet could work wonders for Samuelsen, who showed during pre-season that he has the talent to ultimately succeed in West Ham’s first-team.

So far the 18-year-old has had to make do with two brief appearances in the Europa League qualifiers and a spell in the under-21s, but it is there where he has really shown his class, scoring three goals and providing two assists to date and earning plaudits from coaches and fans alike.

Having only recently arrived at Upton Park from Manchester City it was always going to be tough for Samuelsen to break into the West Ham side this season, but Payet’s recent injury could offer him a route into Slaven Bilic’s more immediate thoughts.

With Payet ruled out for the next three months West Ham need creative players to step up in his absence, and Samuelsen may yet get some chances to impress from the bench.

After all, the young Norwegian had plenty of talent already and he has been taking tips from assist-king Payet, so perhaps the time has come to see just what he has learned training alongside the brilliant Frenchman.

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