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Josh Cullen could still cut the grade at West Ham

West Ham have a handful of players out on loan from the London Stadium for the 2018/19 season and it will be interesting to see if any could carve out a future under manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The likes of Jordan Hugill and Sead Haksabanovic are hardly pulling up any trees during loan stints, but there may still be hope for one of their midfielders.

Josh Cullen has been out on loan with League One club Charlton Athletic, who are in the mix for promotion to the Championship this season.

The 22-year-old is a product of the Hammers academy and has showed his true qualities as a senior player.

He is a no-nonsense defensive midfielder that reads the game well and has a good range of passing.

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Cullen is unfortunate to be sidelined with a shoulder injury at present, but made a positive impact in the early months of the season and will hope for a similar role in 2019 at Charlton.

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West Ham’s central midfield area is exactly where there could be a space open in the first team looking forward under Pellegrini.

Cullen can look at Declan Rice to see his impact in the West Ham first team and there is no reason he can’t go on to relocate him.

Cullen is a central midfielder that is learning his game out on loan and should return to the London Stadium a far more balanced player.

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