Elliot Lee's presence at West Ham should not be overlooked despite striker search

Taking a closer look at a young West Ham United player who could have a big role to play in the weeks ahead.

Following the news that West Ham United striker Enner Valencia has joined teammate Andy Carroll on the treatment table, the Hammers’ need for a new front-man is more than ever.

But could the latest injury blow also provide a chance for a promising young West Ham striker to get a chance in the Premier League in the form of Elliot Lee?

The 20-year-old has already featured three times for the club this season; appearing in the opening three Europa League qualifying matches and scoring in the 1-0 away win against Lusitanos.

While he may not be an experienced goal-scorer like Javier Hernandez or Raul Jimenez he does have the advantage of already being at Upton Park and as a short-term fix as a back-up front-man there would be far worse options.

Of course West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will want to bring in at least one new striker before the transfer window closes, but with the games coming thick and fast Lee could still get plenty more chances to add to his first senior goal in the weeks ahead.

He may be inexperienced but that does not mean he is not worthy of a first-team spot. After all, Lee has already scored 18 goals in 42 matches for West Ham’s under-21s and he netted three times while on loan at Luton Town last season.

A fantastic talent who could blossom playing in front of a creative catalyst like Dimitri Payet, Lee is a player whose presence at West Ham should not be overlooked as he may yet prove vital for them.

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