Peterborough United boss Grant McCann has told the League One side’s official Youtube channel that West Ham United prospect Martin Samuelsen seems to have lost his confidence.
Samuelsen was on loan at Posh last season, and he impressed hugely during his time at the ABAX Stadium.
The Norwegian international then opted to move to Blackburn Rovers on loan at the start of this season, but that switch did not work out as planned.
The West Ham youngster barely played at Ewood Park, but Posh tried to rescue his season in January.
Unfortunately, Samuelsen’s second move to Peterborough was nowhere near as productive as his first.
The talented attacking midfielder barely featured for Posh, and rarely showed the quality that he possesses.
And McCann believes that Samuelsen’s confidence has gone after his spell at Blackburn.
“The Martin Samuelsen that was here last year was an unbelievable talent. He is an unbelievable talent. But for whatever reason his confidence got knocked when he went to Blackburn,” McCann said, after confirming that Samuelsen’s loan had been terminated early.
“He didn’t have the confidence to try things that he once did, when he was here. I wanted him to express himself more.
“He needs to get somewhere where he can play week in week out. He should’ve come here at the start of the season, but he decided to go to the Championship.
“He’s a great kid, he’ll have a massive future in the game.”
West Ham now appear to have work to do to coax Samuelsen back to his best, as they look to help the youngster fulfil his potential.
Samuelsen is still very highly regarded at West Ham, but Slaven Bilic may have to think long and hard about the next move he takes with the youngster, as another knock to his confidence could be extremely damaging.