West Ham’s forgotten man Martin Samuelsen has admitted that he might need to leave the club soon. In an interview with Norwegian media outlet TV2, Samuelsen said that his future was not decided yet but he needed to stop heading out on loan.
The Hammers sent Samuelsen out on loan to FK Haugesund in February 2019 – where he returned to his hometown. He has spent all season with Haugesund in the Norwegian Elitserien and scored nine goals. However, only four of those have been in the league.
Martin Samuelsen on his future
Samuelsen is mainly an impact substitute at Haugesund. The Norwegian top-flight club has transformed the young Hammer into a striker. And after scoring twice last weekend, he told the Norwegian media that he is ready to make a permanent move somewhere.
In an interview with TV2, Samuelsen admitted: “I have an idea of what I want, but we have a good part of the season with Haugesund, so I will focus on that for the time being. But after so many loans and short stays here and there, I think it’s important for me to gain that stability over time. Feeling belonging, that I’m part of something, rather than feeling like you’re a mercenary.“
Time to part ways with Martin Samuelsen
It seems sensible to part ways with Samuelsen this January. This is an arrangement that works for all parties. He has only ever played two competitive games for West Ham – both in the Europa League.
The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season and West Ham’s last chance to cash in is January. It is unlikely that the Irons will get Samuelsen to sign a contract extension. Unfortunately, he is not quite at the standard required.
It also makes sense for Samuelsen to leave and launch his career elsewhere. It is not fair to keep the Norway international hanging on if West Ham have no desire to play him. This is why he needs a permanent exit soon.