Despite MacAnthony comments, West Ham should keep Martin Samuelsen next season

Upton Park

The young Norwegian is ready for more minutes in West Ham United's first-team.

Recent comments from Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony during a question and answer session on Periscope suggested that West Ham United midfielder Martin Samuelsen could be a loan target again next season provided Posh earn promotion to the Championship.

The 18-year-old has been brilliant since he arrived at the League One club, his standout performance to date coming in the FA Cup fourth round replay against West Bromwich Albion when he outperformed his more experienced opponents from beginning to end.

That match may have gone the Baggies’ way following a penalty shoot-out but it also proved emphatically that Samuelsen is a future Premier League star, and while MacAnthony may feel the Hammers will loan the youngster out at a higher level next season, they would be wise to keep him at Upton Park.

Manager Slaven Bilic has seen what injuries can do this season and while he has the players to cope, Samuelsen would have been a wonderful option from the bench.

Of course at just 18 the Norwegian will take time to reach the top of his game but he should be training day after day alongside the likes of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini; players he can learn from and ultimately emulate.

You only need to watch Samuelsen play for a few minutes to see he has what it takes, and while a Championship loan spell would make a degree of sense, it would be a braver and arguably smarter choice to keep him at West Ham and slowly give him the chance to shine.

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