Fully fit Lee will hammer defences, says McDonald

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Neil McDonald hailed loan man Elliot Lee and promised there’s much more to come from the striker.

The Seasiders have won both games the frontman has played in since arriving on loan from West Ham.

While the 20-year-old is yet to find the net in a Blackpool shirt, his display on his full debut at Wigan on Saturday gave fans a sign of things to come.

McDonald was delighted with his performance in the 1-0 victory and said: “I thought Elliott’s interlink play was excellent.

“There were a couple of times he made superb runs, and if we’d just got that pass through to him he’d have been in. He was a constant thorn in Wigan’s side.”

McDonald is familiar with Lee’s qualities, having worked with him for the Hammers in recent seasons.

Lee came through the youth system at Upton Park and fired his first senior goal for the club over the summer in the Europa League qualifier against Lusitanos of Andorra.

He played four times for the Hammers in Europe, but his last senior run-out before joining Pool was back in August against Romanian club Astra Giurgiu.

And it’s only a the lack of sharpness which McDonald thinks is holding Lee back at Blackpool. The boss said: “It’s only game time that Elliot is short of now. Saturday was his first start for a very long time. I’m not even sure when he last started a senior game.

“The two-week break (between his first two Pool games) has done him the world of good in terms of fitness.

“He contributed fantastically on Saturday and the sharper he gets the more of a threat he’ll be.

“Hopefully when the chances come and he has more game time under his belt, he’ll put them in the back of the net.”

Lee’s arrival came at a perfect time for Pool, with fellow loan man Andy Little still struggling with a hamstring injury and Jack Redshaw suffering from shin splints.

Little has returned to training and will come into the squad for Saturday’s home game against Peterborough.

As for Redshaw, the manager said: “Jack is struggling with his shins. It’s been ongoing for a long time and flared up towards the end of last week.

“The rest periods he’s had have helped him through the season so far but we worked hard towards the end of last week and it came on strong for him.

“So I had to leave him out at Wigan on Saturday. It’s something we have to manage.”