West Ham are making me a better player, says youngster Samuelsen

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The 19-year-old has looked an impressive prospect this season, producing a series of fine performances on loan at Peterborough.

West Ham United youngster Martin Samuelsen says he is delighted by the progress he is making at Upton Park, adding he has been impressed by the club's set-up.

The 19-year-old first caught the eye during the Hammers' ill-fated Europa League campaign earlier in the season, before being loaned out to League One outfit Peterborough United.

A fine individual effort against Sheffield United and a man-of-the-match performance against West Brom in the FA Cup served to further strengthen the Norwegian's reputation as a hot prospect for the future, and he believe his experience at London Road has been a valuable part of his progression.

According to London24, he said: "I learned the tough side of the game I would say at Peterborough.

"It was physical and every game means something, people are fighting for their lives.

"I had a good experience and I think I am a stronger and better player because of that."

Having returned to East London, the talented winger featured in West Ham's Development team on Monday, as they overcame Hull City 1-0 in the first leg of the Premier League under-21 Cup at the Boleyn Ground.

It is probably the last taste Samuelsen will have of the famous ground before West Ham make the move to the Olympic Stadium.

But he is nevertheless excited by the future, hinting that the progression he has made at the club has made it a better experience than his previous stint at fellow Premier outfit Manchester City.

"It was great to be back at Upton Park. I played here in the Europa League, so it was great to be back playing here before they knock it down.

"West Ham is where I want to be, it is a fantastic set-up. This season has been amazing for me, coming from Man City and barely playing games, to where I am now - I can't believe it!"

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