Peterborough United’s man-of-the-moment has been practising his silky skills since he was seven.
On-loan midfielder Martin Samuelsen wowed the Posh fans at Bramall Lane last Saturday (January 2) with a brilliant winning goal five minutes from the end of a 3-w win over Sheffield United.
The 18 year-old from West Ham weaved his way past several defenders before powering a left-footed shot into the corner of the net. A clip of his goal became a firm favourite on Sky Sports that night.
But it was no accident. Samuelsen, who has extended his loan at the ABAX Stadium until the end of the season, hones his ability on the training ground for hours every day.
Speaking to the official Posh website, Samuelsen said: “I spend a lot of time practising my skills. I have always liked going past players and at the age of seven I went to a coaching soccer school, bought a skills dvd, wrote down all the skills and started to practice them on the training pitch.
“I even added some of my own and I spend more time then most on the training pitch.
“To score a goal like I did (at Sheffield) was a great feeling. It’s certainly the best goal I have scored in a long time.
“I was going to shoot earlier than I did, but I saw two defenders coming out to block so I checked and a gap opened up for me.
“To hear the noise of our fans after I scored was a great experience and one I hope to repeat.
“I’m learning a new style of play at Peterborough, Every manager teaches a player new things and I am enjoying playing for Graham (Westley).
“I hope to be involved in the FA Cup game this Saturday (January 9) as I used to watch the competition on the television in Norway. Maybe Peterborough can be one of the small teams who do well in the FA Cup this season.”