It was a decision which saw his manager at Bloomfield Road, and former West Ham assistant, Neil McDonald publicly call out the young forward.
He was quoted by the Blackpool Gazette as stating:
“Elliot picked up an injury and told us he didn’t want to come back.
“He’s gone back to the comforts of the under-21s and being at home with his mum and dad. It disappoints me.”
It now seems that Lee responded to that statement.
The West Ham talent posted this tweet on his official account just after the Blackpool boss' statement became public fodder:
Laughable— Elliot Lee (@ElliotLee9) January 5, 2016
Lee is right to scoff.
As a 21-year-old striker whose career depends on his next move he obviously feels that remaining with Blackpool is not currently in his best interests.
What he doesn't need is public criticism and dressing down from a former manager.
Lee will now stay with West Ham until the end of the season or perhaps find himself a new location to play out on loan.