Elliot Lee is fit and firing again.

West Ham United's teenage frontman missed the back end of last term with an ankle injury but is quickly making up for lost time.

The 19-year-old has already netted four times for the Development Squad in pre-season and could hardly have wished for a better return to action.

"Pre-season's got off to a good start, I'm really pleased with how it's gone," Lee told West Ham TV. "With my injury last season, I really wanted to get my fitness and sharpness back as soon as I could. I think you can see that it's coming now and the goals are just an added bonus. It's brilliant to get them.

"As a striker that's all you want to do, you want to score goals! I know throughout the season there will be blips when I don't score and I've just got to keep my confidence up. But at the minute, it's going really well for me. Hopefully I can just carry on scoring more."

Following a match-winning double at Havant and Waterlooville on Tuesday evening, Lee was at it again on Sunday, netting twice in quick succession to help down RCD Espanyol. If his first was a thing of beauty, nestling perfectly in the far corner, the second was more of a poacher's goal, but both welcome in his bid to wrestle his way back into senior reckoning.

He continued: "I think it was a great team goal," he confirmed. "I owe all credit to my team-mates. We've popped it about down the left-hand side. It's a great ball from Kieran [Sadlier] to Sebby [Sebastian Lletget], it's a great set from Sebby to me and I've just put it in the corner, so it's a great goal all round if you ask me.

"It [the second] is just being in the right place at the right time. Sam [Westley] has headed it against the bar and luckily it's come straight to me and I've just been able to put it in the goal.

"I'm happy with my performances so far. I hope to carry on scoring goals, playing well and if I catch the gaffer's eye, then hopefully I can go and put in performances for the first team. But we'll have to see about that."

Aside from his own form, Lee is encouraged by how the Development Squad is shaping up this term, particularly with a new raft of youngsters ready to stake their claim.

He continued: "I think we've had a great start to pre-season. All the lads are gelling again, we're all looking forward to the new season and hopefully we can do really well.

We've got all the youngsters coming through. We push the youngsters on and they push us on, so there's no difference really. They've stepped up very well and they don't look out of place at all."

Next up for Lee and his colleagues is a trip to Sutton United on Wednesday evening. Kick-off at Borough Sports Ground is set for 7.45pm, while admission will be £10 for adults, £6 concessions and just £2 for under-16s.