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Lee Bowyer has paid tribute to former Charlton Athletic loan star Josh Cullen after he inspired West Ham United’s 3-0 Carabao Cup victory on Tuesday night, while speaking to the Addicks’ official website.

If there were any concerns about how seriously David Moyes would take the cup competitions this season, his starting XI for the clash with third-tier Charlton should have eased those fears somewhat.

£40 million record signing Sebastian Haller netted twice on the night, with Felipe Anderson, the former Lazio star, grabbing the other as a team full of internationals, including Manuel Lanzini, Fabian Balbuena and Andriy Yarmolenko, made their talent count.

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But it was the performance of a fresh-faced academy graduate who really caught the eye.

Many a West Ham fan has been clamouring for Cullen to be handed a chance for a while now and, in midweek, he seized a rare opportunity with both hands against a Charlton side he represented on loan last term.

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“They’ve got some quality players, you can see that tonight. They’ve got a good squad, a strong squad. It was good to see Josh Cullen, he didn’t put a foot wrong. He won’t let them down,” says Bowyer, the former Hammers midfielder.

Bowyer once stated that Cullen was better than he was at the same age. That is some statement considering that the former Leeds United hero was dominating some of the biggest sides in Europe at Champions League level in his early-20s.

With captain fantastic Mark Noble not getting any younger, one superb display in the cup could be the making of Cullen’s West Ham career.

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West Ham’s record transfers

  1. Sebastien Haller

    £45 million

  2. Felipe Anderson

    £41.5 million

  3. Marko Arnautovic

    £25 million

  4. Pablo Fornals

    £24 million

  5. Issa Diop

    £22 million

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