West Ham’s Elliot Lee: I want to be involved in the Europa League next season

Elliot Lee is keen on start featuring for West Ham next season.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, 20-year-old striker Elliot Lee has admitted that he wants to start featuring for the Hammers more, especially now they are in the Europa League.

The young forward said: “I want to push on from here. We’ve got the Europa League next year and hopefully I can be involved in that quite a lot. It’s important not to get frustrated as a young player because you’re competing with some very good players in the first team, so now I’m going to keep going in training and hopefully come back and really challenge for a first team place.”

Lee has so far made three senior appearances for the East London club, with the most recent coming as a late substitute on the final day of the season. He failed to do much of note in the 13 minutes he was on the pitch, but he has proven his goalscoring talent in various loan spells away from the Boleyn Ground.

Chances have been few and far between for the Hammers, and with just three first-team appearances to his name by the age of 20, it could be suggested that he is behind the proper developmental curve.

Yet, looking towards the likes of Harry Kane, a late development can occur, and should Lee be given the chance to impress next season, he could truly excel as a goalscorer.

In the Premier League, chances would not be forthcoming for the young striker, as the Hammers need their best performing players available at all times.

However, the Europa League will give a great chance for Lee to make an impact. The Hammers start their season in the first qualifying round, which begins at the start of July, leaving plenty of games for the West Ham manager to utilise youth players against lower quality opposition.

Should Lee start to perform well in those games, he may just get the chance to feature in the Premier League after all.

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