Whatever happens to Sunderland this season, it appears they’ll be at least one Poyet in the Premier League next time around, with Gustavo’s son Diego featuring prominently on Tottenham’s summer shopping list.
Capital-dwelling bedfellows West Ham and Fulham are willing to scrap with Spurs over the Charlton prodigy, while there’s also interest from abroad with Inter Milan and Barcelona also thought to be mulling over a move.
North London represents his most likely destination though and Poyet junior will have a beady eye on the Lilywhites’ derby dust up with Arsenal this weekend, a game they’re priced at 19/10 to win.
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The highly-rated 18-year-old may have a part to play in the Spurs first-team next term, given Sherwood’s penchant for fielding young players.
A word in the ear from his former Tottenham-favourite father also lends favour to the White Hart Lane club winning this particular battle.
Poyet is out of contract at the end of the current campaign, in which he’s shone during the Addicks’ run to the FA Cup quarter finals.
A deep-lying playmaker who likes to put the boot in – he averages 4.2 tackles and 3.2 interceptions from his five Championship appearances to date – the fledgling star is eligible to play for Spain, Uruguay and England, though has represented the Three Lions at Under-17 level.
After crushing defeats to Chelsea and Benfica, Spurs are desperate for three points against their local foes.
Their recent home record in the derby will provide a much-needed confidence boost, with the Gunners winless at the Lane since 2007.
Three of the previous four meetings have finished 2-1 to the home side, a repeat of which is available to back at 9/1.