Josh Cullen has told London News Shopper that he sees his future at West Ham United and is looking to return to the London Stadium and push into Manuel Pellegrini’s first team.
The 22-year-old is currently on loan at Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic in League One, playing a crucial part in their bid to finish in the play-off places and fight for Championship promotion.
The midfielder has been in and around the West Ham first team. He made his debut under Slaven Bilic, before becoming a regular fixture in the matchday squad under David Moyes.
Cullen has made it clear that he wants to return to West Ham this summer and fight for a place in the Hammers side come next season – ridding Charlton of any chance of making his loan move a permanent one.
“I’ve always said I want to break into he West Ham first team,” Cullen said. “I’ve really enjoyed my time here (Charlton) from the start, everyone been brilliant to me since I’ve joined.
“But all over my loans I’ve been trying to improve as a player and to try and eventually get back in to West Hams first team. That’s the long-term goal.”
West Ham have plenty of midfield talent. Declan Rice, Pedro Obiang and Mark Noble remain first choice, while Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere are looking to return from injury.
Cullen, then, has his work cut out if he wants to break into the senior side. Especially when we consider that he has just 12 months remaining on his £8,000-a-week (Spotrac) deal.
It remains to be seen what Pellegrini thinks of the Ireland Under-21 international. But the chances are that he will either be sent on loan next season, or offloaded on a permanent basis.