Have West Ham made a mistake loaning out Martin Samuelsen in light of Payet news?

Peterborough's Martin Samuelsen misses during the penalty shootout

The West Ham United youngster could be the heir apparent to Dimitri Payet.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic sprang one hell of a surprise during his latest press conference (as reported by the Guardian) when he admitted that French international Dimitri Payet no longer wants to play for the club.

The play-maker had a superb debut campaign with the Hammers but he has struggled to replicate that form this season, and now his manager has admitted that he is eyeing an exit.

At first glance, it is devastating news for West Ham, but the truth is Payet is approaching the twilight of his career and given his long-term contract the Hammers can still expect a hefty sum if and when he does move on.

Peterborough's Martin Samuelsen misses during the penalty shootout

There is also the fact that no club wants a player whose heart is not in it, and West Ham have someone who – while not yet a readymade replacement – has the potential to be every bit as effective long term at the London Stadium.

The problem is, he is currently elsewhere.

Martin Samuelsen recently headed back out on loan to Peterborough United after a disappointing stint at Blackburn Rovers where he hardly featured.

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor (R) in action against Blackburn Rovers' Martin Samuelsen

He is expected to do considerably better at the Posh having enjoyed a fine loan spell there last season, but have West Ham made a mistake by sending him on loan in light of Payet’s desire to leave?

In truth Samuelsen is still crafting his game and has a tendency to go missing when he needs to learn how to influence a game for the full 90 minutes.

But he has the innate talent, skill on the ball and natural balance to be a future superstar in the Premier League, and West Ham could have done a lot worse than ditch Payet from the starting XI in favour of a player who actually wants to be there.

That is not to be, at least not this season, however Samuelsen could get his chance sooner than first expected if Payet leaves in the summer...if not before.

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