Josh Cullen has confirmed that West Ham want him back for pre-season, the club’s official website reports. Cullen’s fruitful loan spell at Charlton Athletic ended in promotion and now he is focused on impressing Manuel Pellegrini.
West Ham want to run the rule over Cullen before the 2019/20 season. After an impressive season in League One with Charlton, he will now try to step up two divisions with the Hammers.
Cullen is relishing the challenge and looks set to be handed a chance to impress. He caught the eye at Charlton, eventually helping the South Londoners win in the play-off final. And he played a crucial role in the winner. With seconds left in injury time, Cullen’s probing cross sparked panic in the box before Patrick Bauer stabbed home.
Josh Cullen on his future
Cullen is looking forward to returning to West Ham after his loan spell at Charlton expired. He delivered success at The Valley and now wants to use that momentum to break into the West Ham side.
As reported by whufc.com, Cullen said: “West Ham want me back for pre-season. All I can do is perform. There’s no point in talking off the pitch, you’ve just got to perform on the pitch when you can. I’ve enjoyed a good season at Charlton; a successful season, and hopefully I can go back to West Ham and hit the ground running.”
Is Josh Cullen ready?
Cullen has thoroughly impressed in League One this season with a range of passing and some complete midfield performances. Addicks fans love Cullen and would happily welcome him back.
But is the 23-year-old set for a West Ham breakthrough? At this age, he can no longer be considered a youth player. So if he is not ready, a permanent exit would be the best option.
Pellegrini seems to rate the Republic of Ireland international, though. And there are vacancies in central midfield for West Ham. Perhaps the stars are aligning for Cullen ahead of next season.
Either way, Cullen faces a battle to jump from third-tier football to the Premier League stage. If can manage that jump, he could be a useful squad player for West Ham next season.