West Ham loanee Josh Cullen believes he is unlikely to complete a permanent move to Charlton Athletic.
Cullen told The South London Press that his dream is to play for West Ham. When quizzed about a permanent move to The Valley, he responded: “I can’t see my future there”.
The 23-year-old is back at Charlton this season after spending pre-season with West Ham. In 2018/19, Cullen helped Charlton win promotion to the Championship and he has impressed this season. Lee Bowyer has let Cullen play the full 90 minutes in every league game since he’s rejoined the club.
With his Hammers contract expiring next summer, there has been talk about him joining the Addicks permanently. However, Cullen would rather return to West Ham and fight for his place under Manuel Pellegrini.
Josh Cullen discusses his future
Cullen told The South London Press: “I’ve said all along, I’ve had my fair share of loan spells now and I’ve always stated the end goal is to play for West Ham. I’m striving for that and the only way I can do that is to keep playing for Charlton and performing well and hopefully I can catch the eye of people at West Ham.
“I can’t see my future [at The Valley] because I’m still on loan and I’m contracted to West Ham but football’s a strange game and you never know what’s going to happen. The plan has always been to get to the West Ham first team but things happen in football. Who knows?”
There is a vacancy for an energetic midfielder to slot alongside Declan Rice and provide the Irons with more protection. Cullen fits the bill and West Ham could explore the possibility of recalling him in January.
This is probably worth a gamble. If the board is not going to sign a new holding midfielder this winter, it makes sense to give Cullen six months to prove his worth. This would be better than Carlos Sanchez being the only back-up option.
If things fail to work out for Cullen in the second half of the season, West Ham can let him leave for free. Charlton would have him back in a heartbeat but he deserves his West Ham opportunity.