Hammers striker confident in Town’s promotion ambition

West Ham striker Elliot Lee believes Luton Town have every chance of winning a second successive promotion after agreeing to join on loan.

Elliot Lee
Elliot Lee

The 20-year-old made his debut against AFC Wimbledon at the weekend, scoring with virtually his first touch after coming off the bench.

Although Hatters were beaten 3-2 by David Connolly’s injury time strike, their second loss in a row, Lee remained positive.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to the last third of the season and hopefully we can push for promotion.

“I did my first proper training session on Friday with the lads and they’ve made it easy for me to settle in.

“I know they lost on Tuesday and lost again, but that sometimes happens in football.

“Come Saturday we’ll put it right and things will sway our way.”

After joining on Thursday afternoon, Lee was watching on from the sidelines for the first half and admitted it was a interesting experience.

He continued “I was a bit shocked by the first half, the ball was in the air most of the time.

“It was a real eye opener, but that’s what I’ve come here to do.

“I’ve come to to get experience and see how it’s like in the leagues, so that will serve me well for the future.”

Lee has featured for the West Ham first team twice since coming through the ranks at Upton Park and was on loan with Colchester last season.

He was on the bench for the Hammers’ FA Cup and Premier League matches recently, but wanted to experience first team football again.

He said: “I’ve missed it, it’s not the same playing 21s football.

“It’s good being on the bench now and then for the first team, but those opportunities are a bit lacking at the minute.

“I’m really happy to come to Luton Town and score some goals for us.”

Although his stay has been a short one so far, Lee has made a good impression according to keeper Elliot Justham.

He said: “Elliot came in Thursday, trained Friday and you can tell he looked sharp and is going to score goals 
for us.

“It was a great finish and he almost had another one, hopefully he can score some more in the run-in.”

Meanwhile, boss John Still added: “We know Elliott can finish, so that’s a plus as there were pluses attack wise.

“We’ve no doubt that he can come in and contributes as Elliot’s a goalscorer so he’ll be fine.”