Charlton fans hail 'different class' West Ham loanee Josh Cullen

A general view of London Stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on August 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

West Ham United loaned out Josh Cullen once again and he is shining in the Championship with Charlton Athletic already.

May Josh Cullen of Charlton Athletic with the sky bet trophy       during the Sky Bet League 1 Play off Final between Charlton Athletic and Sunderland at Wembley Stadium, London on Sunday...

If Saturday’s 3-1 win against Stoke City is anything to go by, Charlton Athletic fans should have no concerns about Josh Cullen’s ability to make a difference at Championship level.

The West Ham United loanee was influential as The Addicks stormed back to the second tier last season and any doubts about whether he could make the step up have now been dispelled in typically emphatic fashion.

Making his first appearance of the season since returning to The Valley for a second spell, the 23-year-old was the best midfielder on the pitch against an experienced and much-fancied Stoke side containing Joe Allen, Ryan Woods and £8 million Sam Clucas.

Two tackles, one interception, an 85 per cent pass completion rate and a thrusting run down the flank which led to Chuks Aneke’s first goal in Charlton colours, Cullen produced an all-action display which sent Addicks fans into meltdown on social media.

Josh Cullen of Charlton Athletic shield the ball from Anthony Wordsworth of AFC Wimbledon during the Sky Bet League One match between AFC Wimbledon and Charlton Athletic at The Cherry Red...

 

Speaking to London News Online after an eye-catching win, Cullen admitted that the opportunity to continue his development under Lee Bowyer, himself a former Premier League and international midfielder, was key to his decision to choose Charlton over a host of other options over the summer.

One game into 2019/20, Cullen’s decision already looks like an inspired one.

#33 Josh Cullen of West Ham United controls the ball during the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy: 3rd

 

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