Josh Cullen has told West Ham United’s official website that it has been a pleasure being involved in the Hammers’ pre-season and set the target of making as many appearances as possible during the coming season.
Cullen is back in the fold after spending two years on loan at Charlton Athletic. He made 63 league appearances for the Addicks across his two spells.
He has been included in David Moyes’s plans during pre-season. And with the new Premier League season just days away, Cullen expressed his delight at being involved.
“I’m delighted to be here,” he told the club’s official website. “Like I’ve always said all along, through all the loans, the end goal is to be at West Ham. I’m 24 now so it’s time to make it happen.
“It’s been a different pre-season, a shorter one than normal, but I’ve loved every minute of it under the gaffer. Having worked under him and his staff during his first spell here, to come back and work under him again, I’ve loved it.
“Being back in and around the lads, who I really get on well with, it’s been a pleasure, so hopefully I can stamp my mark on things now and try to be a regular feature in the squad and make as many appearances as I can.”
TBR View: Cullen’s comments may provide hint amid doubts over his future
Cullen’s comments look particularly interesting given that he has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium this summer.
The Telegraph reported last month that Crystal Palace and Fulham were both monitoring Cullen. It was suggested that West Ham would be open to selling for a low fee with his contract expiring next summer.
Of course, his contract situation will still need resolving at some stage. But given the backlash following Grady Diangana’s sale, it would be a surprise if Cullen now followed him out of the door.
Perhaps it would be fair to say that the hopes for Diangana were higher. But sanctioning the Republic of Ireland international’s exit for anything like a low fee would appear a similarly-big own goal from the club.
He has been involved for Moyes’s men in pre-season. And he has returned to the club off the back of an impressive loan spell. And as a low fee would hardly open the door for new signings, it would surely be a terrible mistake if the Hammers let him leave.