Charlton fans will surely have received a timely boost today, after it was reported by London News Online that the club are seeking to secure the services of Josh Cullen on a permanent deal from West Ham United.
Unfortunately the 23-year-old midfielder is currently sidelined through injury, having picked up damage to his ankle ligaments during the recent home draw with Cardiff City.
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However despite this setback, it seems that the south London based club are still keen to get a permanent deal done for the impressive Irishman, with his future at West Ham seemingly unclear at the time of writing.
With Charlton’s current injury issues and lack of form, both fans and the management team alike will be hoping that Cullen makes a swift recovery and subsequent return to the first team fold in the coming months.
Here, we take a look at ONE winner and ONE loser of Charlton sealing a deal for the on loan midfielder….
One player who would certainly benefit from Cullen’s loan being made permanent by Charlton is Darren Partaley, with the experienced former Swansea City man having struck up a good midfield partnership with the 23-year-old prior to Cullen’s injury.
Pratley will no doubt be keen to see his midfield colleague extend his stay at the Valley and in turn strengthen Charlton’s squad significantly.
The combination between the two has worked well for the Addicks, with Pratley holding his position as the ball winner, whilst Cullen operates as a deep-lying playmaker, thus dictating the play from deep.
One player who would certainly be the loser of any deal being agreed for Cullen is Beram Kayal, with the former Celtic man having already seen much of his spell at the Valley curtailed by injury and lack of form, the club’s interest in signing his teammate permanently won’t improve his own hopes of a long term stay at the Valley.
With Kayal having been used sparingly so far during his loan spell, it seems his days will be numbered if the club does indeed sign Cullen, whilst competition for places has also been increased with the addition of Joe Ledley earlier today on a free transfer.