Lee, an England international up to Under-19 level, had been part of the first team on a training basis since the summer of 2003 without being called upon.. He was welcomed into the Manchester City squad for the first time in 2004/05, and was an unused substitute for the 7-1 Carling Cup thrashing of Barnsley in September.
Lee is an attacking player with lots of creativity, although he is seldom to find on the goalscoring sheet. Too seldom for his own liking: "I like to think of myself as a creative player although my England Under-18s manager Dick Bate always gave me the stick for not scoring enough goals. I like beating players, getting at players with pace or tricks I like creating goals and scoring when possible; I am an attacking player."
He was loaned to Oldham Athletic in mid-November 2004, and made 15 league and FA-cup appearances for them before returning to City and newly promoted manager Stuart Pearce.
Lee was a boyhood Liverpool fan, and after a few appearances as substitute for City, he made a star entry against his boyhood favourites in April 2005. The youngster provided the cross for Kiki Musampa to score the winner in the dying minutes. It was not enough to impress manager Stuart Pearce and during the summer clearout of 2006, Lee was sold to Norwich City for £600,000.