West Ham Youngster Burton Bound

Dean Ammi reports on a departure from the West Ham U23s in the January transfer window.

West Ham U23s star Martin Samuelsen has joined Championship side Burton Albion on loan until the end of the season.

The Norwegian international, who has been struggling with injury this season, will be looking to get back to full match fitness in England’s second tier.

He has enjoyed silverware with the young Hammers so far, winning the 2016 Premier League Cup as well as promotion to the top tier of development football with the East Londoners.

New challenge

Burton, managed by Nigel Clough, are currently in a relegation battle so it will be a good test for the midfielder.

However, although the club sit bottom of the table in the Championship, they are just one point away from safety.

Samuelsen signed for the Hammers from Manchester City in the summer of 2015 for £1 million and made his debut for the first team in the Europa League.

Back on track

However, he has struggled to break into the first team and has since dropped into Terry Westley’s U23 Development side. He is renowned for his silky dribbling skills, and quality delivery from set pieces.

He has four goals in 12 starts for the West Ham U23s this campaign, including two in the EFL Trophy against Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers showing he can compete at the Football League level.

The 20-year-old has already enjoyed loan spells at Peterborough United and Blackburn Rovers, and has three appearances for the Norwegian national team.