West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has been very busy in the transfer window so far this summer.
The Chilean has already recruited seven new players to kickstart his term in charge of the East London outfit.
Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko are among them, while Felipe Anderson is the most recent to join the pack.
With this many new faces arriving at the London Stadium, it may feel daunting to some of the younger talent already at the club.
Josh Cullen was picked up by the Hammers’ academy in 2010 and went on to make his first-team debut in July 2015.
Since then, the midfielder has had loan spells at Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers, where he spent last season.
The 22-year-old made just 12 Championship appearances, nine of which were starts.
This summer there were rumblings that Cullen could be set for another loan spell, but according to club insider ExWHUemployee, Pellegrini has been left impressed by the midfielder and intends to keep him.
This is now being picked up by other “sources” but it seems he really has done enough to earn a place at the club in Pellegrini’s eyes as we have turned down offers for him. A final decision will be made soon but it’s looking hopeful for the West Ham fan ⚒ https://t.co/Y2zCnxtUJe
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) July 18, 2018
It is rather unusual for Pellegrini to put faith in young stars, so Cullen must be doing a very good job in training.
Fans have been tweeting their reactions to the news.
Always rated josh , a top manager is finally seeing his talent , fingers crossed ⚒
— Martyn Hobbs (@MartynHobbs12) July 18, 2018
That’s awesome news. Love to see him have a chance to grow and contribute under @Ing_Pellegrini
— West Ham Denver (Scott Davis) (@DenverWestHam) July 18, 2018
That’s great news! He’s not a skill master but we also need these kind of players who’ll get in faces and put a shift in. He’s a good player and in a position where he could be really useful. Burke was the same but in a saturated position.
— Andy Phipps (@AndyJPhipps) July 18, 2018
Great! I’m a huge fan of Cullen was great for 2 seasons at Bradford still loved there. Has been good for us too. Reminds me of young Nobes. Not afraid to get stuck in or stand up take sets. Huge passion & determination. Counts as homegrown too.
— Joshua (@SchroerJr) July 19, 2018
Good for him. It’s nice to see a young player fight for a place!
— Chris Causey (@DJHooligan109) July 19, 2018
Nobles replacement in a couple of years
— Woodsey ⚒🏴 (@woodsey6) July 18, 2018
Always rated him tbh ⚒
— ⚒ (@Charlie_5942) July 18, 2018
That’s great news, he deserves his chance.
— Graham Smith (@gsmith1959) July 19, 2018