They may have fallen on penalties, but Peterborough’s efforts against West Brom on Wednesday night will have brought a smile to Graham Westley’s face, regardless of the result.
However, it won’t have just been the Posh boss who would have liked what he saw at London Road, with one loanee in particular stealing the show.
West Ham’s Martin Samuelsen has made a bright start at the Cambridgeshire club since arriving on a temporary deal in November, scoring two goals and providing one assist.
He put in another excellent performance against the Baggies in mid-week, attracting plaudits aplenty, despite missing a penalty during the shoot-out.
And with his performance shown live on the BBC, West Ham fans and neutrals alike were agreed that the Norwegian 18-year-old has a bright future ahead of him.
His trickery certainly put West Brom’s James McClean in particular on the back foot.
— P (@DailyMesut) February 10, 2016
Twitter was quick to heap praise on the youngster and suggest that bigger and better things were in store.
Martin Samuelson will be a talent. Technically quality, Irons need to keep hold of him!
— CAL (@JustThatCal) February 10, 2016
Regardless of whether Peterborough or West Brom move on, big winner on day is #WHUFC… this on-loan Martin Samuelson youngster looks legit.
— Sam’s Army (@BarstoolSam) February 10, 2016
Martin Samuelson looks a real player. Cannot believe he’s only 18. Embarrassing West Brom players all night. Baller
— Joe Rekert (@JoeRekert) February 10, 2016
18 year old Martin Samuelson excellent so far for Posh. Excellent touch & dribbling – drawing fouls. On loan from West Ham: exciting talent.
— Yousef Teclab (@yousef738) February 10, 2016
The fact that his talent and skill drew out plenty of fouls from his Premier League opponents was not lost on social media.
Martin Samuelson is falling victim to the default response of a Pulis team when confronted by somebody with footballing ability. Violence
— Simmo (@st_simmo) February 10, 2016
Martin Samuelson is running rings round premier league players. Been taken out 5 times now by cynical West Brom tackles
— Peter Blunden (@blunders1985) February 10, 2016
Samuelsen has already featured for the West Ham senior team, coming on as a second half substitute in the Hammers’ Europa League qualifying defeat against Maltese side Birkirkara.
Another loan move could well be the route next term, but for some the breakthrough of another player at a London club in the Premier League should serve as an example to Slaven Bilic’s men.
Martin Samuelson could very well be our Dele Alli next season…West Brom cannot get near him tonight pic.twitter.com/W6qXxgcMkP
— West Ham Social (@WestHamSocial) February 10, 2016
The sky certainly looks the limit for the former Manchester City youngster, and some are already estimating about his future worth. If Matthew Scott is anywhere near accurate, West Ham will have done a very shrewd bit of business indeed.
Martin Samuelson will one day be worth 30 million. No doubt
— Matthew Scott (@matscott1810) February 10, 2016
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