You have to feel for Josh Cullen.
The West Ham United midfielder was really making an impression during a loan spell at London neighbours Charlton Athletic, establishing himself as a fan favourite at The Valley. But his promising season has been cut short thanks to an injury that Addicks boss Lee Bowyer described as ‘unreal’.
Cullen hit the turf in Charlton’s 2-0 away win at Walsall on Tuesday, and it has now been confirmed that he has suffered a dislocated shoulder, which could keep him on the sidelines for four months.
The reaction from distraught Charlton supporters highlights just how impressive Cullen has been in League One.
Best player seen at the Valley for a few years, massive blow for our promotion hopes at #cafc ! Such an intelligent footballer— Simon Bruce (@Bruce21Simon) November 8, 2018
Absolutely typical. Only signed to cover the loss of JFC, he's been immense and now he's out until March or whatever.— Colin Peppiatt (@ColinPep1) November 8, 2018
Gutted— Paul Ferguson (@CAFCFergie) November 8, 2018
What this means for Cullen’s future remains to be seen. It is no secret that Charlton would love to sign the dynamic midfielder on a permanent basis, although Bowyer admitted recently to London News Online that his wage demands could be a potential stumbling block.
Cullen himself, however, told the Standard in October that he would love to return to West Ham at the end of this season and force his way into Manuel Pellegrini’s first-team plans.