David Moyes chose to omit Josh Cullen from West Ham’s 18-man match-day squad against Arsenal last night. And the decision was criminal, unforgivable and lacked any kind of imagination or future thinking.
The 24-year-old midfielder spent last season on loan in the Championship with Charlton. And he really impressed at the Valley.
In 34 Championship outings for Charlton last term, the 24-year-old averaged 44.9 passes per game and recorded a superb completion rate of 82.8% (Who Scored).
And Cullen has really impressed in pre-season since returning to West Ham. He put in a magnificent display against the Addicks on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup as well.
The 24-year-old possesses great mobility, has a real eye for a pass and he seems to make us tick whenever he plays.
Mark Noble missed last night’s game against Arsenal at the Emirates through injury. And many West Ham fans expected Cullen to be selected on the bench at the very least.
Bizarre call from the Scot
But Moyes chose to omit the midfielder completely from his squad.
Now what kind of message does that honestly send to one of our brightest and most talented young players?
The Scot’s message to Cullen was basically this. ‘You’ve worked very hard recently and you have really impressed me but you’re getting nowhere near the squad on Premier League match-days even when we have a central midfielder out injured.’
Moyes made a bad error by ignoring Cullen last night. It really was inexcusable. He could have made a real difference in the final third in the final 20 minutes of last night’s match.
But instead, his confidence will surely now be extremely low.
It’s just another day at West Ham and yet another inexplicable decision from David Moyes. It’s getting old now. The Scot has been immune from criticism recently because of the fans’ anger with the club’s board.
But that needs to change, and fast. Moyes needs to be held accountable for his poor decision making and team selection.
Because recently it has been bizarre to day the least.