West Ham United midfielder Josh Cullen has stated that he is biding his time with the Hammers, but feels he is ready for regular Premier League football.
The 21-year-old has been given a number of cameos in the Irons first team but the majority of his experience in senior football has come during loan stints at Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers.
Part of a generation of talented young players graduating from the London club, West Ham are believed to hold high hopes for Cullen in the future.
The Republic of Ireland under-21 international has stated that the physical side of the game is not something he has shirked and that he is ready to play in the Premier League if called upon.
“I’ve always been on the smaller side, so had to learn how to combat that with what I’m good at,” The Irish Independent quote West Ham man Cullen as saying.
“I’ve had to do it in the Championship this season and felt towards the end of my loan spell that I’d gotten to grips with that level.
“I’ve been on the West Ham bench for most games since returning and I’m confident in my own ability.
“If the manager told me that I’m starting the next game, I’d have no problem stepping up and be confident of doing a good job.”
With West Ham toiling on and off the pitch this season, a revamp of David Moyes’ squad is expected in the summer.
While the Premier League club have tried to add international-calibre players from overseas to their ranks, a section of the Irons supporters are keen to see youngsters such as Cullen given their chance.
The Irishman’s compatriot Declan Rice has excelled for West Ham this season and there is no reason to believe that Cullen cannot be the next breakout star at the London Stadium.