West Ham’s forgotten man Martin Samuelsen enjoyed a better Wednesday night than his parent club. As West Ham crashed out of the EFL Cup following a 4-0 embarrassment against Oxford United, Samuelsen reached the semi-finals.
Samuelsen scored a goal for FK Haugesund – his hometown club – in the quarter-finals of the Norwegian cup. The 22-year-old scored a header on 65 minutes to make it 2-0 against Mjondalen. The game ended 3-1 in Haugesund’s favour and they are through to the semi-finals.
The Norway international’s mood was in stark contrast to his team-mates back in England. West Ham were humiliated by League One side Oxford – who scored four second-half goals against Manuel Pellegrini’s men. As the Hammers crash out in the Third Round, Samuelsen and Haugesund are gunning for silverware.
Samuelsen goal acts as relief
Samuelsen may have scored for Haugesund but that does not capture his loan spell all that well. It has been a struggle for Samuelsen – who has failed to live up to his early promise.
The silky midfielder has been converted into a striker at Haugesund but he is not getting as much game time as he would like. His goal in the cup was his fourth in as many games in that competition.
But in the Eliteserien (Norway’s top division), Samuelsen has mainly been used as an impact substitute. He has played 20 times and scored two goals – which both came early during his spell in Norway.
In fact, he has not started a game since early May and is struggling for minutes. Despite his goal in the cup quarter-final, Samuelsen is doing little to convince Pellegrini to give him a West Ham lifeline.