West Ham winger Martin Samuelsen will remain with FK Haugesund after a loan extension deal was agreed to keep him at the club until January 2020.
The Hammers confirmed on their official website that the 22-year-old wide man will remain with the Norwegian side until the end of the year after initially joining back in February on a deal which ended at the end of June.
West Ham youngster Martin Samuelsen has extended his loan spell at Norwegian side FK Haugesund, which was due to finish on June 30. He will remain in Norway until December 31. #WHUFC
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) June 25, 2019
Samuelsen, who has played twice for the senior side in east London, is a Norwegian under-21 international and has played 14 times for Haugesund, scoring four goals.
It seems as though the winger is enjoying his time playing back in his home country and if the player is settled and earning good experience then why bring him back sooner than required? He would obviously not be able to pick up much playing time with West Ham if he were to return with plenty of experience and quality at Manuel Pellegrini’s disposal out wide and so this loan extension works in favour of both player and club. Will he be able to make the step up to the Hammers’ first team? That is the big question and right now it is difficult to judge whether he does have the potential required. The Norwegian league is some way off the demands of the Premier League and if the Irons are looking to develop quality to push them on, this is Samuelsen’s time to shine. His performances between now and the end of 2019 could well determine whether he has a future at the London Stadium and he could be looking at a permanent exit come January.