Terry Westley hails Martin Samuelsen after Norway debut

West Ham United's Martin Samuelson

The West Ham United youngster was handed his full international debut this week.

West Ham United's Martin SamuelsonWest Ham United's Martin Samuelson

West Ham United Academy Director Terry Westley has hailed youngster Martin Samuelsen, speaking to the club’s official website after he made his full debut for Norway.

The midfielder spent this past season out on loan in League 1 with Peterborough United, where he put in a series of impressive performances.

Those displays did not go unnoticed by the international set up as Norway boss Per Matias Hogbo named in his squad for the recent set of friendlies.

West Ham's Martin SamuelsonWest Ham's Martin Samuelsen

He handed the youngster his debut in clash with Iceland on Wednesday, bringing him on as a second half substitute in their eventual 3-2 victory.

West Ham were naturally proud of their latest international debutant, and Westley was keen to praise him.

“To be called-up to the full squad for matches against the likes of Portugal, Iceland and Belgium shows how far Martin has come in a short space of time,” he told whufc.com.

“For Martin, making his Norway debut is a fairytale end to the season and will hopefully push him to achieve even more next season and make the next step in his career with us.”

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic and Reece Oxford as he is substitutedWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic and Reece Oxford as he is substituted

Samuelsen will certainly be hoping to break into the first team set up in the near future after a strong year for him.

The chances are likely to come at West Ham too, with manager Slaven Bilic having shown his desire to give youth a chance already this season.

He handed Reece Oxford his debut earlier in the campaign and Samuelsen will be hoping he is the next Hammers youngster to make the breakthrough.

West Ham United's Martin SamuelsonWest Ham United's Martin Samuelsen

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