We MUST bring Cullen back in January

The decision to send Josh Cullen out on loan to Charlton makes less and less sense as the season goes by.

For despite the huge amounts of money spent on the likes of Felipe Anderson and Pablo Fornals it’s simply not working and Cullen should be recalled in January.

There is a clause in his contract which allows to return between the 1st and 14th.

I have no hesitation in saying that following a weekend trying and failing to put the ineptitude of THAT West Ham performance out of my mind.

The fact is it simply won’t go away – everything that was bad about any football team was on display. It was one of the worst displays I have seen from a West Ham tam and no amount of talking or thinking about it can wish it away.

Now Cullen – a high energy performer with a huge passion for the club – has admitted that he almost stayed in the summer but that a very late decision was made to send him back to Charlton on loan.

His level of performance has been outstanding and I have know question in my mind that if he can do it towards the top of a comeptitive Championship, he can do it in the Premier League.

The midfielder told The Athletic“I was here on loan last season and then all through pre-season, it seemed like I wasn’t going to go out on loan again because West Ham wanted me to stay.

“But then, come the end of the window, we all decided it would be best if I went out to get some regular game time in the Championship.
“I just felt like, knowing the manager, knowing the way he wants his team to play and knowing how much I enjoyed playing under him last season, it would be the right decision to come back, and I’ve loved every minute since I’ve been back.”

It has proved very much the wrong decision from a West Ham perspective and surely he must be recalled in January and offered a new deal given his current one runs out on the summer.

His heart is in this club and I am sure he would jump at a new deal – bring him back Pelle!


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6 comments on “We MUST bring Cullen back in January

  1. Thank you. Extremely good and accurate points. And please do add a few more midfielders who were sent out on loan … and even sold. Ironically these were youngsters groomed for 1st team possibilities. Now look what we have left? May Pelligrini and his staff see the error of … their ways. And correct it as per your suggestion in Jan, or asap.

  2. Heavily disagree. Yes Charlton are having a decent season so far being just outside the play offs, but that is still a massive level different to the quality of players we should have. I like Cullen but he is never going to be a first team player for us. Yes it’s important to have a player with the right passion and attitude, but you need the ability too. I don’t see a West ham future for Cullen and think it would be a d*ck move towards Charlton, who we have always had a good relationship with, to take him away from them.

    • No you don’t want him nowhere near good enough for them Prem watched him the other day, one of his passes went astray, no just let his contract run down and he can stay at Charlton and get the odd first team outing, best for everyone.

  3. I agree – I thought of this while watching Tom Davies harrassing us and winning back teh ball on numerous occasions – one of the reasons we won at Everton last season was because we played three proper midfielders (Rice, Noble and Obiang) which stopped us from being over-run. The table this year is incredibkly tight – we had a chance to move into the top four on Saturday but on the other hand we are only 4 points off the relegation places. In order for our flair players to produce we first have to ensure that we are not over-run. I believe that Cullen can help with that

  4. I would bring him back, but only as a back up for the first team. I would rather have someone like Cullen come off the bench, than Sanchez who is probably on about 50-60k a week, as the guy is completley useless. Also think Cullen would make a much bigger effort if he was provided a chance at playing premiership football, as would run his socks off & show some heart.

  5. Nah leave im dahn our gaff where e is still learnin is trade e’d only end up on the bench dahn yourn n King Lee is still teachin im stuff to elp im improve.

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