Josh Cullen is considered one of the brightest talents in the West Ham youth set-up right now, and he has been showcasing his skills in senior training with Slaven Bilic’s side.
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Picking up the ball outside the box, Cullen curled a lovely long-range effort into the corner of the net, beating second choice keeper Darren Randolph. The midfielder has shown himself to possess a keen creative eye, and his strike does much to back up that claim.
With Bilic watching on, Cullen will be pleased with his goal, especially considering his role around the first-team squad this season.
He played three times in the Europa League qualifying rounds, and has made his Premier League debut in the victory over Liverpool and Anfield, but has spent much of the campaign training with the senior team, while captaining the Under-21 side.
An Irish youth international, 19-year-old Cullen is hoping to make more of an impact in the Hammers’ first-team this season, and although there is a wealth of options in the central positions in Bilic’s squad, goals like this will go a long way towards securing him senior minutes.
West Ham have a long and storied history of promoting youth players into their first-team, and Cullen could be the next one to make the step up from Under-21 to senior set-up this season.