West Ham United loanee Josh Cullen says that the opportunity to work under Lee Bowyer was a ‘major factor’ in his decision to join Charlton on loan.
The 22-year-old has made a superb start to his Addicks career, playing 90 minutes and providing two assists in his two matches so far.
His performances have contributed to two victories – against Southend United and Bradford City – and that has earned Cullen praise from boss Bowyer.
“That was one of the key factors why I came here,” said Cullen following Saturday’s win at Bradford. “To learn off a manager like that who’s had so much experience in the game and played at such a high level.
“Some of his traits, that’s the type of midfielder I want to be. To come and learn off someone who has that experience was a major factor in why I chose to come to Charlton.
“I wanted to come here and show everyone what I can do and try and make the team better. It’s good to hear nice comments from the gaffer but it’s no good him saying it and then me turning up and not producing.
“I’m determined to come here and give my all for Charlton and play as well as I can in every game. I want to help the team win as many games as I can.”
Cullen’s switch to The Valley is his third loan spell away from West Ham – having enjoyed stints with Bradford and Bolton Wanderers – and he is determined to learn as much as he can during his time in SE7.
He said: “That’s key for any young player. It’s easy now for players to maybe to think ‘well, I’m in and around a first team in the Premier League and I’ll stay there’.
“You come out and it opens your eyes that football is a lot different to what’s going on in the Premier League. To come out and get that experience at Bradford, 40-odd games, it’s invaluable for a young player. You find yourself growing up quickly.
“Hopefully I can show that experience and keep developing and keep improving for Charlton.”