Josh Cullen wants to play first-team football for West Ham next season after he returns from his loan spell at Charlton Athletic, News Shopper reports.
The 22-year-old is hoping for a first-team breakthrough at The London Stadium after helping Charlton to promotion in League One.
Josh Cullen at Charlton
Cullen joined Charlton last summer and has played 25 games, scoring once and providing five assists. Injury has hampered his progress with the Addicks but he is now fully fit and firing.
The Republic of Ireland under-21 captain’s form for Charlton even saw him win a senior call-up, although he is yet to make his debut for the Boys in Green.
Speaking about his long-term aims, Cullen said: “I’ve always said I want to break into the West Ham first-team. I’ve really enjoyed my time here from the start, everyone has been brilliant to me since I’ve joined.
“We’re on a decent run at the minute which makes it even more enjoyable. But [during all] my loans I’ve been trying to improve as a player and to try and eventually get back into West Ham’s first-team.
“That’s the long-term goal. The short-term goal is to give everything for Charlton, finish the seasons strongly and hopefully achieve promotion.”
Can Josh Cullen break into West Ham’s team?
Manuel Pellegrini rated Cullen before deciding to send him on loan to Charlton. He played a key role in pre-season and perhaps he does have a future at West Ham.
Declan Rice, Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang currently compete for the midfield spots but if one departs, a vacancy could open up for Cullen.
Pre-season will be a big test of the midfielder’s ability. Can he show Pellegrini he can jump up to Premier League standard?