West Ham United’s young midfielder Josh Cullen is now set to stay with the club for the new season, according to Football London.
The outlet claims that the 23-year-old will most likely remain where he is for the upcoming campaign, despite not really impressing in pre season.
However, Football London assert that a lack of options in the middle of the park for the Hammers will probably lead to him staying at the London Stadium.
Reliable Hammers news source Claret & Hugh previously reported this summer that the youngster was a target for cross-London rivals Charlton Athletic.
Cullen obviously spent last season on loan at The Valley and performed very well, so you can see where that link came from. However, it certainly seems as if he won’t be heading out on loan or sold permanently following the departure of Pedro Obiang to Italian side Sassuolo on Wednesday. That leaves just Declan Rice, Jack Wilshere, Mark Noble, Carlos Sanchez and Cullen as senior central midfielders, with only Rice and Sanchez being classed as defensive midfielders. Cullen can perform that role, though, and may be called upon to do so at points during the season, because Sanchez is injury prone and past his best. Noble and Wilshere are both more forward thinking, and probably will only play alongside a more defneive-minded midfielder, rather than operating in that role themselves. Opportunities will be difficult to come by for Cullen, but not impossible to secure for a young man desperate to make an impact in east London.