Lee: ‘I’ve had ups and downs but never given up’

leeThere won’t be a fan who isn’t delighted for Elliot Lee after he struck his first senior West Ham goal in Andorra.

Speaking after last night’s game – and wearing a grin a million miles wide – he admitted: “I’ve worked my socks off and I’ve been at this club since I was eight-years-old. So to score on my full debut is a fantastic feeling and I’m really happy with it.

“I ran off Jarvo, and I love being in that position on the left hand side of the box.

“I opened my body up and, thankfully,I got it right this time – it’s gone in the bottom corner and I’ve gone off celebrating with all the lads. There’s no better feeling than that.”

Lee was talking to the club’s official website after his goal helped to secure a 4-0 aggregate success over Lusitans in the Europa League.

And he added: “I’ve been waiting for a night like this for a while. I’ve had ups and downs at this club, and have had to be patient, as I know footballers have to be.

“I’ve never given up and I know I’ve not made it, or anything now. But hopefully I’ve put myself in the gaffer’s eyeline and can build on this performance.”


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9 comments on “Lee: ‘I’ve had ups and downs but never given up’

  1. Wouldn’t have had his chance under old stale fat head.
    Keep it up fella

  2. Perhaps others will show a little bit more faith in him now. Well done Elliott.

  3. You can have all the faith in the world in a player but if they dont have what it takes it means nothing!

  4. He has what it takes as a natural scorer,maybe his passing skills or movement off the ball is not the best but give him the ball in front of goal and you can depend on him to score,
    Just needs a run in the first team to prove his self,
    No more loan moves for him,Poyet and Cullen they need to be around the top player ands be given there chance the same as Burke got last year,

  5. Would like to see the kid given a chance. Some say he’s not cut out, but then when given a chance can prove that they are. Everyone starts somewhere. Maybe sub appearances in the Prem and starting appearances in the EL Qualifiers and League Cup this year to give him a go. If he gets decent supply like he should with the new midfield and can’t take his chances then fair enough. But wouldn’t write him off yet at all. Good luck to the lad.

  6. How can so say he has what it takes to be a natural goalscorer.He went on loan to a league two side & scored in 2 of 11 matches.Sears went to the lower leagues at Colchester & banged them in,Defoe went on loan to the lower leagues & ripped defences to pieces.Im made up for the lad for scoring yesterday,it was fantastic for him but a goal against a load of farmers & accountants aint going to make him good enough for the premiership.This time next year he wont even be with us,let alone tearing prem defences to pieces.Wake up guys,he aint our linkeker,wright or shearer.He aint good enough,simple as that.

  7. Lmao,how can you be so sure he is a natural goalscorer,worth a chance in the premiership,lol,most of you have probably only seen him play once or twice & now you think he has a future as one of our premiership forwards.It great banging goals in for the youth teams,many have done that & never gone on to be top league players.Just get your heads round the fact he aint no jimmy greaves or linker.He will be a league one or two player in a season i can guarantee it.He can then go make a name for himself & maybe come back to the championship as Sears has done.Stop being delusional,prem defenders would have him in their pockets!

  8. How can ‘you lot’ say he cant make it before he has been given a chance ?? I think what ‘us lot’ are saying is he deserves a chance to prove himself. I think most of us want to give our youth team players a chance to shine and not bury their careers before they start.

    Maybe he can make it, maybe not but give the man a go at it before you dump him in the gutter

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