West Ham Made The Wrong Decision On Prospect

Ex West Ham Josh Cullen. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)
Ex West Ham Josh Cullen. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/BSR Agency/Getty Images) /

Former West Ham academy graduate Josh Cullen has rejuvenated his career in Belgium for Anderlecht. The midfielder was sold for a minimal fee of €500,000 despite impressing in the early stages of the current campaign.

Cullen looked calm and collected on the ball in his appearances in West Ham’s preseason and League Cup campaign. The midfielder was highly rated when he was in the academy, and after years on loan, fans thought this season would be the time he would be given a chance in the first-team.

However, that was not the case, Cullen was sold during the summer transfer window, and no replacement was brought in to replace him in the squad. The 24-year-old has gone on to make 19 appearances for Anderlecht this season and has proven to be a vital member of their team.

Josh Cullen has proven some of his doubters at West Ham wrong this season as he finds success at the Lotto Park Anderlecht in Belgium.

Ex-West Ham Josh Cullen.
Ex-West Ham Josh Cullen. (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images) /

Currently being managed by Premier League legend Vincent Kompany, Cullen has improved his all-round game. Kompany has a lot of trust in the former Hammer and even gave him the captains armband in their recent match against Waasland-Beveren.

The midfielder is helping the Belgian giants push for a spot to compete in European football next season. The Purple and White’s are currently fifth in the Belgian Pro League. However, they are only three points behind second places, Antwerp.

It may not seem like West Ham have made the wrong decision on Cullen considering their own success this season. There certainly would not have been a spot in the starting eleven for Cullen as Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have been fantastic this season. But Cullen would have been a brilliant back up option for David Moyes should an injury occur or if one of the starters need a rest.

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Cullen will not regret leaving West Ham as he starts to receive praise for his work in mainland Europe. Of course, the Hammers will be happy to see one of their graduates succeed in their career. They must, however, be wondering why they let him go so cheaply, especially as the club could spend big on a new midfielder this summer.