Josh Cullen was a rare bright spark for Charlton Athletic, as the team put in a disappointing performance during their 2-0 loss against Blackburn Rovers.
The Addicks were poor during the game, as they had fewer shots, less possession and a lower pass success rate than their opposition.
That they put in a performance such as this in the game after they beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 is a worrying sign of a lack of consistency.
It is even more concerning that this was also the case following the 2-1 win against Barnsley, which they followed up with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City.
Despite all of this, Cullen came through with a solid display in the middle of the pitch against Blackburn, acting as a rare spark for Lee Bowyer’s side.
The 23-year-old put in a good all-round performance for the Addicks, despite being unable to prevent the frustrating result that they were stuck with, as is shown by the graphic below.
He was solid defensively, proving successful in all three of his tackle attempts while making one interception and winning one aerial duel. Alongside Alfie Doughty, his number of tackles completed saw him top the charts among his Charlton colleagues.
In the attacking phase, the Republic of Ireland international recorded a pass success rate of 86%, showing his efficiency on the ball, while his ability to carve out chances was also displayed as he recorded two key passes, with the latter of those seeing Cullen as Bowyer’s best player in that respect.
He could easily have had an assist when his cross from deep found Lyle Taylor, whose header was eventually kept out by Christian Walton. There was also accuracy in his shooting, as the one shot that he took went on target.
All of this saw Cullen given the highest overall WhoScored rating of any Charlton player with 7.1, indicating that he was a level above his teammates on the day.