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Cullen may be the man to follow Nobes

Josh Cullen’s West Ham career looks far from over as he makes giant steps at both club and international level this season.

Boss Manuel Pellegrini – with so many midfielders available to him –  was close to giving him a squad place but decided that after helping Charlton’s promotion push from League One last season a Championship campaign would tell him a lot more about the 23 year old.

With his contract running out in May – although we believe an option is attached – a decision needs to be made on his future.

He is currently performing brilliantly for the Addicks who are in second position with 14 points after six games in which Cullen has played a major part.

Josh may have suffered at the Hammers because his game is very close to that of Mark Noble as a battling midfielder but therein may give the clue to his possible future.

Mark will be a year older and Josh could be back with an extension under his option or a new deal. He could easily become another holding midfielder within the squad and cover for the skipper or indeed, finally become a natural replacement.

His Republic manager Mick McCarthy summed it all up after Josh’s man of  the match display against Bulgaria saying: ““I haven’t got reservations (about him)  because he’s technically very good and a tough little sod.

He puts his foot in and stands his ground. You wouldn’t think he’s a little fella that gets knocked around. He handles the ball particularly well. He’s got good legs and gets around the pitch.”

After what’s happened over Cullen’s season so far West Ham, it seems, would be ill informed to kiss such a prospect goodbye.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “Cullen may be the man to follow Nobes

  1. His contract runs out at the end of the season…… I can see him staying at Charlton…… Would like to see him and rice in the center of the park next season though…..

  2. As the last number of posts attracted comments on our players and possible predictions of their performance and the team’s expected finish I thought I will make a prediction which will occur over the coming season’s.
    Over time and most recently a team we could have fielded is well documented Cole,Ferdinand ,Carrick etc .cracking hey ,
    Leicester won the league and had a good start but lost their good players and it is now reported Maddison will be approached by UTD next transfer window.Similar teams having same experience with their star’s approached.
    History of our club tells me that once we are up and running with bought and produced talent we will lose them to top English or European teams and my and your dreams will be shattered.

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