Josh Cullen has revealed that Manuel Pellegrini offered him the option to remain at West Ham this summer.
The Republic of Ireland Under 21 international midfielder is currently at Charlton Athletic on loan but has spoken about the proposition Pellegrini made before his departure.
He got an assist on his Addicks debut, against Southend, but was forced to miss this weekend’s match against Wycombe because of his international commitments.
What did he say?
Cullen has told the club’s offical website: “I needed to be playing games. Manuel Pellegrini was very supportive of me, saying I could stay around and try to push for my opportunity. But I couldn’t hold on to see how results went.
“We’ve got three games left in the campaign and I think this home match against Germany is one we have to win. All of the games at the business end are must-wins in my view and I believe we’re capable of beating Germany.
“That draw in Kosovo might turn out to be a good point, as other nations have struggled to get anything off them. It wasn’t our best display and we’re capable of playing better.”
He should have stayed
It is easy to sympathise with Cullen. He is a top talent, but just hasn’t had the gametime he needs under various managers at West Ham.
However, Declan Rice has shown how a young player can rocket into contention. West Ham need energy in midfield and a wildcard pick such as Cullen could be a valuable asset.
Pellegrini may not wish to throw Cullen into a relegation scrap; but he may well have got the nod if other players continued to underperform in the engine room.