The 23-year-old played the full 90 minutes, including grabbing the assist for Patrick Bauer’s winner, as Lee Bowyer’s side rebounded from a nightmare start to defeat Sunderland in the League One Play Off final at Wembley.
“Josh Cullen was outstanding. Congratulations Josh. dg,” he finished.
— David Gold (@davidgold) May 26, 2019
Gold is right to congratulate Cullen, because he played a big part on Sunday. He was on the pitch for the entirety of the game and he looked neat and tidy in everything he did at Wembley. For a young man, he certainly wasn’t overawed by the occasion. That’s commendable, because this was undoubtedly the biggest game of his career. He acquitted himself very well, though, and obviously played a vital part in his team’s winning goal. As Gold says, he was outstanding on the day. Whether performing this well and impressing the co chairman as much as he did does Cullen’s chances of making a first team impact at West Ham next season any good remains to be seen. It’s a huge step up from the level he’s been playing at with Charlton to the Premier League. Whether he’s shown enough over his loan spell at The Valley to indicate he’s ready for the jump is a matter of perspective. Ultimately, it’s Manuel Pellegrini who will make that call.