Martin Samuelsen has admitted he needs to leave West Ham United to find stability in his life and career, as reported by Norwegian outlet TV2.
The 22-year-old is currently out on loan, playing his football in the Norwegian Eliteserien with FK Haugesund, with his contract at London Stadium coming to an end in the summer of 2020, as per Transfermarkt.
Speaking to TV2, Samuelsen opened up about his need to settle: “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.”
Samuelsen is currently out on his sixth loan from West Ham, having been at Peterborough United twice, as well as Blackburn Rovers, Burton Albion and VVV Venlo.
He has only ever played twice for the Hammers, having come on in both legs of the Europa League tie against Maltese side Birkirkara shortly after signing from Manchester City in the summer of 2015, playing a combined 32 minutes.
The Norway international has made 13 starts and 16 substitute appearances across all competitions for Haugesund this season, scoring nine goals and assisting one.
It is definitely best for Samuelsen’s career that he finds somewhere he can settle and begin to feel like the main man for his club, rather than being shipped out every year or six months.
The reality is that he will likely have little choice but to find somewhere to play, as it is hard to see West Ham renewing his contract – where he chooses to go now could be career-defining for the 22-year-old.
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