Charlton midfielder Josh Cullen has heaped praise on manager Lee Bowyer for the impact he has had on his career during his two loan spells at the club.
Cullen was a pivotal member of the Addicks’ squad during their promotion-winning campaign last season, and he has again established himself in Bowyer’s side this term after completing another loan move from West Ham in August.
The 23-year-old has formed an exciting midfield partnership with fellow loanee Conor Gallagher at the heart of Charlton’s midfield, which has helped the club to seventh in the Championship table ahead of their clash with Bristol City on Wednesday night.
Speaking to South London Press, Cullen has now credited Bowyer with helping him progress his development at The Valley, while adding that the former midfielder was one of the main reasons why he joined the club in the first place back in the summer of 2018.
“Bows was one of the main reasons I joined Charlton in the first place,” Cullen said.
“It’s easy to learn from a manager like that and, from when I joined last season up to now, I’ve loved playing under him.
“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.”
Cullen has played every minute during his 11 appearances for Charlton this term, and he registered his first assist of the season during the 3-0 victory over Derby on the weekend.
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Cullen has clearly benefitted enormously from his time at Charlton across his two seasons with the club, and the fact he is currently playing regular Championship football will do wonders for his development.
This will also be further enhanced by the fact he is working under the guidance of Bowyer, who played a similar midfield position to Cullen during his playing career.
Cullen has once again become a key member of the Charlton side this term, and his partnership with Gallagher is one of the most impressive midfield pairings in the Championship, especially given their age.