Born in Haugesund, Norway, Martin Samuelsen initially moved to English football with Manchester City at the age of 15 having previously been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid.
He arrived at City with a reputation for being an excellent dribbler of the ball with pace to match and spent three years at the club, featuring for their Elite Development Squad on a regular basis.
He moved on to pastures new though in the summer of 2015 when joining West Ham United on a two-year professional deal. Just three weeks later, Samuelsen made his debut in claret and blue in a pre-season friendly against Peterborough United before quickly making his competitive bow in a Europa League qualifying round first-leg win over Malta outfit Birkikara FC, replacing Morgan Amalfitano on the hour mark.
He went on to score four goals in nine Premier League 2 appearances for the Hammers’ Development Squad before heading to Peterborough United on loan in November 2015. He made a total of 20 appearances as a Posh player in all competitions, two of which came under Grant McCann’s temporary spell in charge at London Road, before returning to his parent club.
After signing a new four-year deal with the Hammers in August 2016, Samuelsen was on the move again when joining Blackburn Rovers on a temporary basis. He made four appearances for the Ewood Park outfit, three of which came in the second tier of English football.
Samuelsen returned to Peterborough on loan for a second time on New Year’s Day 2017 and went on to make eleven appearances, scoring once, under McCann in the second half of the 2016/17 campaign. He returned to West Ham in May 2017 and helped the U23s clinch promotion to Premier League 2 Division 1, scoring twice in the final regular season fixture against West Brom and netted the decisive penalty in the Play-Off semi-final win over Wolves.
Four appearances for the Hammers’ U23s side in the Checkatrade Trophy saw him net twice in wins at Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers, helping West Ham become one of just three U23s sides to reach the second round of the competition. A further two goals in nine appearances followed in Premier League 2 fixtures, before he headed out to Burton Albion on loan in January 2018, where he made nine Championship appearances in the second half of the 2017/18 season.
Loans have been much of Samuelsen’s career so far, with the 22-year-old featuring twelve times and scoring twice for Dutch Eredivisie club VVV-Venlo in 2018/19.
After returning to West Ham, he was on the move once again in February 2019 when returning to his homeland to join Norwegian Eliteserien club FK Haugesund on loan until June 2019. He netted twice in 12 top-flight appearances, while also scoring four goals for his hometown club’s run to the last 16 of the Norwegian Cup.
Samuelsen’s temporary spell with the club was extended until the end of December in June 2019, and he went to score 14 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions, as well as racking up five assists before returning to East London.
After six loan spells during his time as a Hammer, Samuelsen has now opted for a permanent move for the next step in his career. He arrives at the KCOM Stadium boasting international experience with three senior caps to his name, while also representing his country at U16, U17, U18 and U21 levels.