United legend Robert Lee recommended his son to Newcastle earlier this month but Elliot Lee has instead agreed a deal with Championship rivals Barnsley.
Busy already in the transfer market after gaining promotion from League One, Barnsley have signed the West Ham striker after the Hammers agreed to let him go and find a new club for regular football.
Elliot Lee turns 22 in December but failed to make a proper breakthrough with the London club, a few Premier League sub appearances and a handful of games in cup competitions were the sum of his first team football at Upton Park.
The Hammers sent the forward out to Blackpool, Luton, Southend and Colchester to get regular football but last season’s success for West Ham pushed hin even further away from the first team picture.
Robert Lee reckons his son could have prospered if given a chance to play alongside Andy Carroll, whilst he also believes that Elliot Lee would have forced his way into Newcastle’s team if Rafa Benitez had taken a chance on him.
Instead he has signed on for Barnsley and it will be interesting to see whether he progresses at this level, with Newcastle fans set to see the striker up close when Newcastle visit Oakwell on Tuesday 18 October.
Robert Lee Speaking to the Chronicle earlier this month:
“I would love my son to play for Newcastle United Football Club – who have been linked in the media. And I also think he would do very, very well for Newcastle. He’s a natural goal-scorer.
“I know he’s my son and I’m biased, but I know how good he is because I’ve watch him develop over the years.
“Elliot was never really given a chance even though he scored in the Europa League – and I really believe he would have done well alongside big Andy Carroll.
“There’s so many rumours of clubs out there, but if Newcastle did come in for him then I would certainly recommend to him that he goes there.
“Whether Elliot would be a first-team starter to begin with, possibly not, but I guarantee he would force his way into the side eventually because he scores goals and he’s a good player.”