Millions of people witnessed Martin Samuelson’s talent in a FA Cup replay aired on BBC1 a few weeks back where Premier League side West Brom couldn’t contain the teenager for the majority of the match.
The 18-year-old Norwegian wizard has put in eye-catching displays for Peterborough United ever since his loan move from West Ham in November. Despite only joining the Hammers in the summer from Manchester City, Samuelson has already made a first-team debut for Slaven Bilic’s men featuring in a youthful UEFA Europa League tie against Maltese side Birkirkara in July.
Having joined the Posh on an initial one-month loan deal, Peterborough duly extended that contract until the end of the season and Samuelson has repaid that faith by manager Graham Westley with impressive performances for the League One promotion chasers. Although his performance against West Brom captured the nation’s interest, his finest moment was a brilliant solo goal against Sheffield United on 2 January. The Norway U19 attacker skipped past four Sheffield players before coolly slotting past the keeper.
He’s been compared to Lionel Messi due to the way he glides past defenders and scores memorable solo goals but with the way he moves with ball like Eden Hazard, Samauelson has all the ingredients to be one of the best wingers in English football.
In the summer he will be returning to West Ham and he will be hoping to establish himself in the first-team picture after such a successful loan spell thus far. Samuelson is one a number of emerging wonderkids from Norway, his team-mate at Manchester City Bersant Celina is eligible to play for Norway, there is also Kristoffer Ajer who willing be joining Scottish champions Celtic in the summer and of course, Martin Odegaard who is at Real Madrid.
Samuelson’s raw ability has already taken him to trials at Real Madrid, Chelsea and of course a three-year spell at Manchester City which means he is certainly One-2-Watch.
Below is footage of his best goals and skills.
Footage courtesy of MiroP10