Diego Poyet’s first-team career at Charlton Athletic is just eight games old but, out of contract at the Valley in the summer, the 18-year-old has piqued the interest of several top-flight clubs.
At news.bwin.com/en/ we run the rule over the gifted son of Sunderland gaffer Gus, with fans of admirers Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Fulham advised to prick their ears.
Read on for the six P’s of Poyet Jr.
Diego worked his way up through the Charlton youth setup, receiving international recognition in the form of 13 caps for England’s Under 16 and Under 17 sides.
A defensive midfielder most at home in the role defined by Claude Makalele and excelled in by Sergio Busquets.
That he’s come in for criticism from Talksport’s Ray Houghton for failing to play enough forward passes highlights the fact that Poyet’s game isn’t overflowing with attacking incisiveness.
However, Charlton Athletic fan forums are awash with praise for the youngster’s mature, composed spoiling performances in the maelstrom of a Championship midfield, while his range of passing has also impressed.
Indeed the young Charltonian’s average of 3.2 tackles per game would see him among the five most prolific dispossessors in the division if he continues to badger the opposition at his current rate.
Given his debut under the now-departed Chris Powell in the FA Cup win against Oxford, he’s started the last eight consecutive games for Charlton.
Arguably his finest showing in a red shirt so far came in the 1-0 win over QPR, when he helped to keep Ravel Morrison (scorer of four in four since) quiet with nine tackles, five interceptions and a brace of aerial-duel victories.
Having played 90 minutes in both games under new manager Jose Riga, Poyet is in line to start the Addicks’ home clash with Bournemouth.
Charlton haven’t conceded for two home games and they’re 29/10 to see off Bournemouth to nil as they attempt to stave off the forces of footballing gravity currently sucking them towards League One.
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