Elliot Lee looking to impress West Ham boss Slaven Bilic in Europa League

The young striker insists the Hammers are more than prepared for whatever the opposition may throw at them at Thursday.

West Ham United youngster Elliot Lee has told the club’s official website that he is looking to impress Slaven Bilic in their Europa League second leg tie against Astra.

The young striker is expected to lead the Hammers attack in Romania on Thursday evening, with Bilic travelling with a depleted squad as he keeps one eye on the start of the new Premier League season this weekend.

They will have to put in an impressive performance after throwing away a 2-0 lead in the home tie last time around, but Lee says they are confident of getting a good result despite the difficulties they face.

“This is another opportunity for me to impress the gaffer and push myself into the first-team,” he told whufc.com.

“There is a real belief in this squad of players. We are young and hungry and want to impress. We are confidence of getting a good result. The senior and young boys want to show what we are all about.”

More than prepared for dirty tricks

The forward has also emphasised how different an experience the Europa League has proved to be so far for the Hammers squad.

It has been a tricky route to this stage of the competition, with the side suffering a red card in every round they have played so far.

Those reds have mostly come courtesy of tactics from the opposition, with both Diafra Sakho and James Tomkins having been punished for reacting to something a rival player has done.

Lee, though, insists that the Hammers are confident they can deal with whatever is thrown at them.

“I have never experienced anything like this before,” he added.

"The players act a lot different to they do in the Premier League but we are confident we can deal with whatever is thrown at us tonight. The gaffer has picked the team he trusts and he doesn't want to lose.”

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