By Jack Cunningham

10th Oct, 2021 | 1:10pm

Former West Ham starlet Josh Cullen reveals why he left for Anderlecht

Former West Ham starlet Josh Cullen claims that he left the Hammers because of the size of Anderlecht.

The 25-year-old central midfielder departed the London Stadium for a move to Belgium just over a year ago, and it seems as if he isn’t regretting it at all and appears to be loving life despite West Ham going from strength to strength under David Moyes since he made his exit.

The main reason that he left the Irons was because of the size of Anderlecht, which seems a bit odd, but it is good to see that he is happy.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “I’m loving it, to be honest. It’s been a really enjoyable last year or so. Thanks to everyone at the club and everyone in Belgium that I’ve come across for making me feel so welcome in my first year at the club.

“It felt like the right time to move on, and I only look back on my time at West Ham with fond memories. I’m just grateful to everyone at the club.

“It’s never easy [to leave West Ham], but the decision was made a bit easier when you have a club the size of Anderlecht come knocking.

“When you have a club the size of Anderlecht – with the history it has and the ambition the club has for the future, and you see the players that have come through the club and the Belgium League – it was an opportunity that I was really excited by and one that, to be honest, was probably too good to turn down in my own head.”

Honest assessment.

Now, we feel that Cullen deserves great credit for taking the plunge and moving to Belgium.

However, the Hammers are arguably a bigger club, and they definitely play in a bigger league, so we are not convinced by that argument.

The Irons are also in the Europa League, while Anderlecht don’t have any European competition this season.

Still, it was nice to hear from Cullen, and since he has moved to Belgium, he has made 44 appearances for the club in which he hasn’t scored and has provided one assist.

So he appears to be getting regular game time, and it is good to see a player perhaps not quite good enough to be a regular West Ham player make an impact elsewhere.

However, despite this, we aren’t convinced by his argument that Anderlecht are a bigger club than the Irons.

In other West Ham news, the club are looking to make a move for an England international in 2022.

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