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Hull City manager Grant McCann is closing in on his second signing of the January transfer window, with West Ham’s attacking midfielder Martin Samuelsen expected to sign at the club in the coming days, according to a report on Hull Live.
It is reported that barring any late complications, Samuelsen will join up with the Hull City squad before this weekend’s Sky Bet Championship game with Derby County.
The 22-year-old Norwegian is out of contract at West Ham United in the summer and is expected to join the Tigers on a long-term deal.
So would Samuelsen be a good addition at the KCOM Stadium and is he actually needed?
Ethan Van Ristell
“This transfer is a gamble, with the 22-year-old Norwegian not fulfilling his potential during his four-and-a-half-year stay at West Ham. He has been loaned out a total of six times by the Hammers.
“His most recent loan spell was at Haugsund, in the Norwegian Eliteserien, where he scored fourteen goals in all competitions. That shows that the quality is there – he just needs the game time.
“Samuelsen is a technically gifted player, who can operate as a Number 10 or on the wing. At 6’2”, he also possesses aerial ability. Hull often use the counter attack, and the 22-year-old is the ideal player for that particular style.
“However, with Jarrod Bowen, Kamil Grosicki and Jackson Irvine all regular starters in the team, Samuelsen may have trouble slotting into the side. Nevertheless, his quality is there and it could prove to be a shrewd piece of business.”
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“I am not convinced by this one at all.
“Having watched Samuelsen during two separate seasons at Peterborough United in League One, there is no doubt that he can be absolutely excellent in possession.
“However, he has a real tendency to get bullied out of games far too easily and go missing, and I would worry about that being a big issue for him in the second tier as well.
“McCann knows him and is probably better placed than anybody to get the best out of him, but I remain unconvinced that this move will be successful.”
“This could be a very shrewd addition.
“Samuelsen has picked up some valuable experience during previous loan spells, and given Hull’s need for creativity he could be an excellent option for them.
“The 22-year-old will be available for a modest fee and that could mean that the Tigers get an excellent deal for a player who is yet to reach his potential.
“If he can do that with Hull, there’s no doubting that this deal could be an excellent bit of business.”