The Hammers prospect Allardyce needs to try out in the first team

West Ham United have a lack of options up front after Andy Carroll's injury.

West Ham United have the perfect opportunity to allow Elliot Lee his first taste of regular action for the club's senior side between now and the end of the season.

Lee has impressed for the Hammers' development teams over the past few years, but he is still yet to be handed a run of games for the first team. 

Lee made his debut for the side back in the 2013-14 campaign, but he has failed to stay in contention and loan spells at Colchester United and Southend United have followed.

Optimism still remains high about Lee's future at the Boleyn Ground though, and there has rarely looked a better time to allow him to showcase his talents.

West Ham are in a situation where there is little pressure on them. Although they do need to arrest their current slide, the Hammers have achieved their aims this season. They have sustained a European challenge and look set for a top-half finish, with relegation no threat. 

It means that Sam Allardyce has a chance to allow some of his more promising youngsters a chance and Lee should be given the opportunity to show he is ready.

With Andy Carroll set to miss the rest of the season with injury, according to the Daily Mail, and Mauro Zarate out on loan, West Ham's striking options are limited and few look more appealing picks than Lee. 

In the modern era it is harder than ever for young players to break into the senior side, such are the demands for instant success, but with the pressure reduced Lee should be given a chance.

West Ham have a proud history of bringing through players from their youth academy and now seems the perfect time for Allardyce to embrace that philosophy. 

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