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Since re-signing on a season-long loan back in the summer, Josh Cullen has taken to life in the Championship with Charlton like a duck to water.
The 1-cap Republic of Ireland international has started 13 of the Addicks’ 14 league games this season, winning the WhoScored Man of the Match award on two occasions while earning a commendable 7.08 average rating.
He is unquestionably a key player under Lee Bowyer, and the midfielder himself said that he is learning “every day” under the Charlton boss throughout his loan spell at The Valley.
“Every day in training, learning from him and getting little chats here and there, he’s given me pointers which I’ve thought is helping me improve so I’m loving my time at Charlton.”
Incidentally, Cullen’s latest outing – a 2-2 draw against West Brom – outlined just how important he is to the south Londoners.
The on-loan West Ham man scored a 93rd minute penalty to help Charlton take a point home from the Hawthorns against the Championship leaders, but aside from his vital strike from 12 yards, he put in a typically busy display.
Impressively, the 23-year-old had three shots, completed two dribbles and also made a key pass, showcasing how he can make an impact going forward.
Additionally, Cullen’s industrial, energetic side was also on show in the Midlands. He made three tackles, two interceptions and one clearance, while also committing three fouls as he got stuck into his work in midfield.
At 5 foot 9, the diminutive midfielder oozes class and never really seems to let the side down, and his importance to the Addicks is growing with each passing game – it’s no wonder why the club’s Head of Recruitment Steve Gallen was so overjoyed to re-sign the 23-year-old in the summer.
“I’m so happy about this signing. We’ve not let this go all summer. I’ve been chipping away at this every single day to make this happen. There have been days and weeks where you think it is definitely not happening but when we found out yesterday there was a slim chance, we were on it in a flash.”
It pretty much goes without saying that Cullen is a key cog in this side and there is no shying away from the fact that he was pretty much everywhere against the Baggies.