West Ham loanee Martin Samuelsen is in cup final action today.
FK Haugesund face Viking in the final of the Norwegian Football Cup. It is a great opportunity for Samuelsen to win some silverware with his hometown club and prove a point to Manuel Pellegrini.
Samuelsen has become a forgotten man at West Ham. But he has netted seven times in the Norwegian cup, making him the top scorer in the competition. The Norway international’s goals have taken Haugesund to the final.
Haugesund are stranded in mid-table in the Eliteserien so their entire campaign rests on today. In the early afternoon, Samuelsen has the chance to become a hero in the town of his birth.
Martin Samuelsen still likely to leave
Even if Samuelsen inspires Haugesund to a cup final win today, he is unlikely to make his name at West Ham. With his contract expiring next summer, the former Manchester City youngster will probably leave.
The 22-year-old has had a mixed spell at Haugesund. He has been reborn as a striker but he has spent large periods of time on the bench this season. This is why the cup has presented him with the chance to shine as he scored seven goals in the lead-up to the final.
Even though West Ham are struggling for strikers, Samuelsen is not likely to earn a reprieve. He has scored 14 goals in 38 games for Haugesund. While this is a respectable tally, it is not one that means Pellegrini cannot ignore him when he returns from loan.