Diego Poyet may be the son of Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, but his Premier League home is far from his dad’s Northeastern home.
The 19-year-old Diego, who has represented England at the U-16 and U-17 levels, will ply his trade in London after signing a four-year deal at West Ham United.
In a Premier League reality in which managers are brought in and shipped out almost as quickly as a temp agency, we can’t even realistically count the days until a potential Poyet-a-tete.
The two sides match-up at the Stadium of Light on Dec. 13 and at the Boleyn Ground on March 21, but with Diego Poyet’s age and lack of Premier League experience, a lineup spot is obviously no given.
Still, Diego Poyet is a talent. He was named Charlton Athletic’s player of the year despite only playing in 20 matches for the club last season. From www.whufc.com:
Poyet burst into the Charlton first team in January 2014, making 23 impressive appearances during the second half of last season to earn the club’s Player of the Year award.
The youngster has joined his new team-mates at their pre-season training camp on the French-Swiss border and is looking forward to starting life as a West Ham player.
“I’m very happy to be here. It took me by surprise a little bit and it all happened very quickly,” said Poyet. “It’s a great Club to be at and I know a few of the boys here already.
“It was a no brainer to sign, I wanted to come out here to the training camp as soon as I could and I’m grateful that they’ve had me here.
“It’s massive to come to a Premier League club. It’s what I wanted to do – I wanted a new challenge and soon as I heard there was a chance of stepping up I had to take it.
Diego Poyet considers himself English but reportedly wouldn’t rule out representing his parents’ country of Uruguay. He was born in Spain, so that is also an option for the youngster.
He’ll feel quite at home in London, though perhaps awkward in the colors of West Ham at first; Dad played for Chelsea and Tottenham for the last eights seasons of a 16-year career.