Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has given his thoughts on Josh Cullen after the midfielder made his long-awaited return from injury on Wednesday night.
Cullen had been missing since the end of November after tearing ligaments in his ankle in a 2-2 draw with Cardiff City at The Valley but returned to the starting line-up to face Fulham last night, completing the full 90 minutes.
And it was a display which certainly captured the attention of his manager as well.
“We’ve seen what a big miss Josh Cullen was to this side,” Bowyer said after the final whistle, reported by the club’s official Twitter account.
“What he brings to this team is frightening. He’s a machine.”
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Since returning on loan from West Ham during the summer transfer window, Cullen has made 17 appearances and scored once, assisting a goal as well in that time.
He was a crucial part of the side which won promotion from League One last season too, assisting seven goals and netting two over the cource of 35 games.
The clash between the two London sides finished 0-0 in what was a tightly fought contest with few chances falling the way of either side.
The importance of Cullen to this Charlton side almost got lost in recent weeks amid the rumours surrounding Connor Gallagher and his eventual departure.
But whilst he may not have a direct hand in goals as often as his former teammate, last night certainly showed why Cullen is so important to this Charlton side.
His positional sense, his work rate and his bravery in defence and attack cannot be understated and as long as he stays fit, the Addicks will have a shot at promotion.