Josh Cullen has been a huge hit at The Valley since joining Charlton on loan from West Ham in the summer, with his tireless performances in midfield endearing him to the fans, who would surely love to see him remain with the club next season.
The 22-year-old has identified one factor as a big reason in why he traded the London Stadium for League One football in 2018 and it proves, once again, how important it is that Roland Duchatelet makes his move in the coming days.
Well, speaking to News Shopper Sport this week, the Irishman said:
“Knowing I’d be working under [Bowyer] and being able to learn off someone who played a similar position to me was a big reason in me coming. I feel like I’ve picked up tips and bits of knowledge in training.
“If he sees anything he can see in me that needs for to improve on, or do easier, then he’s there to point it out. And I’m getting that advice from a player who played at the top level, so its definitely been beneficial working under him.
“[Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson] have helped me day in day out.”
Cullen says Bowyer, who made a total of 60 appearances for his parent club West Ham, was a huge selling point in his August switch to The Valley and the signs of Bowyer’s guidance have been clear to see.
The 5 ft 9 ace has gone from strength to strength, particularly in recent weeks when the Addicks have gone eight games unbeaten, and the Charlton hierarchy should certainly feel pleased that they were able to convince him to join in no small part thanks to Bowyer.
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Getting the 42-year-old manager to sign a new deal, then, is paramount if Charlton are to continue to attract players of Cullen’s calibre – what more convincing does Duchatelet need to give Bowyer a new contract?