West Ham fan favourite Jack Collison has tipped Martin Samuelsen to become leading players for West Ham in years to come.
In a wide-ranging interview, the former Wales international, who was at the same club as Samuleson before he announced his retirement last month, said he has been very impressed with what he has seen of Peterborough’s West Ham loanee.
‘I can remember that he came into training [for the first time] and we saw just what a good player he was. His balance, his footwork, the way he goes past people, it’s just unbelievable.
‘Over the years there have been lots of players who can do that in training but he has gone out on the pitch and put in some great performances.
‘Then against West Brom in the FA Cup he showed the rest of the world that he has arrived. What a performance it was and more importantly he delivered on the big stage against Premier League opposition.’
Elsewhere in this month’s issue, George Parris writes in his column that Dimitri Payet’s London Player of the Year Award will be one of many he collects this year.
‘Even when he hasn’t performed as well as he might have liked, he’ll still have put in some amazing free kicks and corners, and whenever he has a free kick you expect the net to bulge.’
Meanwhile, writing in her column, Sky Sports’ Bianca Westwood admits she has almost run out of positive things to say about West Ham, Slaven Bilic and their season to date.
She added: ‘The game [against Spurs] reminded me of the spirit of ‘86. If we manage to break into that top four and stay there until the end of the season, it will be a similar achievement to that which Tony Cottee, Frank McAvennie, and co managed to do 30 years ago.’
The March issue of Blowing Bubbles also asks whether or not West Ham can finish above Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United, and once again champion Mark Noble as worthy of a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad.
The monthly magazine also looks ahead to Noble’s testimonial at the end of March, focus on why the travelling Hammers prove that West Ham are a sleeping giant, delve into what went wrong for Nigel Reo-Coker, look at four trips to Stamford Bridge that saw West Ham giving Chelsea the Blues, and much more, ‘