West Ham starlet Josh Cullen has admitted that he does not know what the future holds for him.
Since bursting onto the Hammers first-team scene in 2015, Cullen has struggled to earn regular game time.
He has so far only made three Premier League appearances for the club, which is not impressive considering that he is no longer young in footballing terms.
“I don’t know,” said Cullen when asked about his West Ham future according to London News.
“I can’t see my future there because I’m still on loan and I’m contracted to West Ham but football’s a strange game and you never know what’s going to happen.
“The plan has always been to get to the West Ham first team but things happen in football.
West Ham man Cullen spent last season whilst on loan with Charlton Athletic and opted to join the Addicks for a second campaign.
This surely indicates that he is surplus to requirements at the London Stadium. If the East Londoners were keen on including him in their first-team plans, they would have re-integrated him into the first-team last summer.
Cullen has established himself as one of the most key players for Lee Bowyer’s side so far this season. The West Ham loanee has also so far also started every minute of every game for them in the second-tier.
A parting of ways next summer would be the best possible thing to happen for both club and player.
Cullen is clearly not a fit at West Ham and would be better off honing his talents elsewhere.
Similarly his departure would allow the Hammers the opportunity to free up space within their squad.
They can use the opportunity to either bring in a new signing or to promote another highly-rated youngster from within the academy structures to the first team.
They could also consider recalling him in January if he continues to exceed expectations.