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West Ham’s Martin Samuelsen sale shows that hype isn’t always warranted

West Ham United youngster Martin Samuelsen has been sold to Hull City for an undisclosed fee, as reported by the club’s official channels.

That is certainly not a move to be ashamed of, but there will have been so much more expected of the fresh-faced Norwegian when he first arrived at West Ham in 2015.

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Some of the replies to the Hammers’ announcement of the move back in 2015 certainly indicates that.

Even now, there were plenty of fans who were furious about his departure with blame being put on the board, suggesting that his talent has been wasted.

However, if we peel back the hype and get to the centre of the issue, it becomes clear that Samuelsen simply hasn’t shown enough to deserve chances at West Ham.

He came straight into the team, playing 31 minutes in the first leg of a Europa League qualifying tie against Maltese side Birkirkara.

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His only other appearance was a one-minute cameo in the return leg, which ended with victory being secured via a penalty shootout.

Since then, he has had loan spells with Peterborough United, Blackburn Rovers and VVV-Venlo. The latest temporary move saw him return to Norway, turning out for FK Haugesund.

During his time with the Eliteserien side, Samuelsen made 28 appearances in total, scoring 10 goals and assisting another four.

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It is a decent return, but when considering the lesser standard of the league, it is far from a breathtaking one that would make David Moyes stand up and take notice of him.

The rest of his loan spells, meanwhile, produced just five goals and three assists in 58 appearances.

The reality is that despite there having been plenty of hype around the now-22-year-old, he hasn’t truly stood out enough at any stage to force a manager’s hand.

With that in mind, it was difficult to see him making his way into the first-team, meaning it is for the best that he is allowed to move on.

Meanwhile, one January transfer decision is a damning indictment on Mario Husillos.

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