West Ham youngster Elliot Lee explains why he wants to emulate Tottenham's Harry Kane

West Ham youngster Elliot Lee says he wants to follow in the footsteps of Harry Kane.

West Ham striker Elliot Lee has told the Daily Mirror that he wants to emulate Tottenham Hotspur hero Harry Kane next season.

Lee, 20, has come up through the ranks at Upton Park, and hit the headlines on Thursday by scoring the winning goal in West Ham's 1-0 win over Andorran side Lusitans in the Europa League.

The son of former Newcastle star Rob Lee is now looking to make an impact in the Premier League under new manager Slaven Bilic.

In fact, Lee has already seen what can happen by scoring in the Europa League. Last season, Tottenham striker Harry Kane became prolific in the Europa League having come up through the ranks at White Hart Lane, and ended the campaign by scoring over 30 goals and earning an England call-up.

Speaking to The Mirror, Lee says that he now wants to emulate Kane in the near future - despite the rivalry between the two clubs.

"Look at Harry Kane in the Europa League – that put him where he is today," said Lee "He got his chance and he scores goals and I hope to emulate that. Harry took his chances and he is a late developer."

Can Lee make an impact next term?

West Ham have a number of established first-team strikers; Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate are all in contention for places in Bilic's front line.

Yet, Lee now has the chance to impress during pre-season, and he got off to a great start with his winning goal against Lusitans.

Replicating that against better teams will be a challenge for Lee, but West Ham have a strong history of developing their youth players - the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and Jermain Defoe all came up through the ranks at Upton Park.

Lee won't go from youngster to star player overnight, but West Ham could well have their very own Harry Kane on their hands - if they continue to give Lee a chance.

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