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2013-11-06T09:00:00 Updated 2015-02-18T23:35:42

The Big Interview - Elliot Lee

Elliot Lee has scored goals wherever he has played.

The West Ham United striker netted 14 goals at U18 and U21 level last season, earning a first-team debut in the FA Cup third-round replay at Manchester United in January 2013.

This season, Lee scored five times to fire the Hammers to the top of the Barclays U21 Premier League table, seeing him loaned to Sky Bet League One club Colchester United late last month. On Saturday, the 18-year-old marked his third U's appearance with a last-gasp equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Rotherham United.

Lee will not be eligible for Saturday's FA Cup first round visit of Sheffield United to the Weston Homes Community Stadium, but he told West Ham TV he will be cheering on his new team-mates.

Elliot, fresh from your maiden Football League goal, how are things going at Colchester?

EL: "Things are going really well. I've played three games and we're unbeaten so far, so things are going well and hopefully I can keep progressing and we'll keep moving up the table."

Talk us through your goal at Rotherham. I understand it was a header and sparked wild celebrations which saw your immaculate hairstyle ruined!

EL: "Everyone is bantering me about my celebration but it was my first league goal and it was a 96th-minute equaliser so I celebrated as it was one to remember. Luckily enough, we didn't really deserve a point on the day at Rotherham, but we stole one and that was really good for the boys. I always get bantered for my barnet and I don't often score headers, but it just fell to me in the box and I just nodded it over the 'keeper and it's gone over the line! That was it, really, and it was really good."

Colchester have achieved some outstanding results since you've been there, so you must be proud of how things have gone so far?

EL: "Yes, we went to Shrewsbury on my debut and drew one-all and we probably should have won if we're being honest. Peterborough then came to our place and got a great result there, beating them one-nil. We went to Rotherham on Saturday, which isn't an easy place to go, and stole a point, so we need to keep the momentum going and keep pushing on."

How have you found League football compared to the Barclays U21 Premier League?

EL: "It's a bit quicker and a lot more physical than the Under-21s, so I'm just enjoying the challenge of playing competitive senior football week-in, week-out. I'm really enjoying it."

Elliot Lee
Elliot Lee heads in his maiden league goal at Rotherham

Freddie Sears injured his hamstring on your debut, but how much did it help to have a familiar face in the dressing room when you arrived at Colchester?

EL: "I remember getting the shout before the Wolves game [for the U21s] but I had to get straight on the coach and up to Shrewsbury, so it wasn't the easiest of things to do, especially having not even had a training session with them. Knowing Searsy, he introduced me to the boys and everything, so it definitely helped. Although he is injured, he is still around every day and it's good having him there."

Has your loan spell given you even more confidence that you can play regularly at first-team level?

EL: "Yes, 100 per cent, because I am becoming a better player and learning something different with every training session and game I play. Training with and playing against these players can only benefit my development and hopefully I can score a few more goals and impress their manager [Joe Dunne] and our manager [Sam Allardyce]."

You have the weekend off as West Ham have not given you permission to play, meaning you can play for us in the third round. With a weekend off, will you be a Colchester fan?

EL: "Yes I will be a Colchester fan! I'm coming back to Chadwell Heath for the week because the Gaffer doesn't want me to play for them in the FA Cup, but I will be supporting Colchester and it should be an interesting weekend."

Your loan spell ends on 23 November. What can you achieve between now and then?

EL: "I have two league games before my loan spell ends - Swindon at home and Preston away - so hopefully I can get myself a few more goals for the team."

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