West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is confident new signing Diego Poyet will be a big hit at Upton Park and is hopeful he will break into the first team in the new season.
While Big Sam continues on his mission to bring in more talent to his squad he has hailed the capture of 19-year-old defensive midfielder Poyet from Championship side Charlton Athletic.
The teenager burst onto the scene for Charlton when he made his first appearance in January 2014 before going on to make 23 more and scooping the Addicks' Player of the Season award.
"Diego is one of the younger end that we have invested in, based on the information that we've got, and based on the progression he has made in a short period of time," the West Ham manager told the official club website.
"He has taken that leap into the first team and, all of a sudden, became a big contributor to Charlton last year.”
Allardyce believes that Poyet, the son of former Chelsea and Uruguay midfielder and current Sunderland manager Gus, will benefit greatly from the experience of being part of a footballing family as he continues with his development.
"He's appeared on the scene after working very hard as a youngster and trying to make the grade with a very famous father and always having that to deal with.
"Of course, having a father like Gus, he knows all about the professional side of being a player. He has watched his Dad over the years and sees him as a manager and I think that will have had a massive effect on Diego, know what dedication and commitment is needed to be a footballer.
"I think he has got all that and hopefully that development will continue with us. If he can break into the first team this year that would be a massive bonus."
Poyet is expected to feature heavily during the Hammers’ pre-season schedule and, looking even further into the future, Big Sam said his first competitive chance is likely to come in the Capital One Cup.
"Like all the young players, we'll try him out in the pre-season. We may try him out, if he progresses well, in the early stages of the Capital One Cup if the opposition are from a lower division than ourselves.
"That system progressed us to a fantastic run last season to the semi-finals and we nearly made Wembley. It was about playing the young players and trying to play them at very competitive first-team level in the Capital One Cup. He'll get a chance in there and hopefully he can take the chance and move on from there."
Not so surprisingly, Charlton fans were not happy to see their new star depart so soon after having burst onto the scene and winning their hearts with his enthusiasm and committed, inspiring performances.
Poyet is the sort of player that can grab a game by the scruff of the neck and dictate the play even at his tender age, perhaps something that West Ham have lacked in recent times, and it is expected that if he is given the chance he will shine in the Premier League.
The youngster, who signed a four-year deal having left Charlton on June 30, is excited for the challenge and keen to impress his new manager and teammates.
"It's massive to come to a Premier League club. It's what I wanted," Poyet told West Ham's official website.
"I wanted a new challenge and soon as I heard there was a chance of stepping up I had to take it.
"Like any young player, the first thing you want to do is get into the first team. I need to show the staff, players and the gaffer what I'm capable of."
Poyet has a lot in his locker as a defensive midfielder, not only does he use the ball well but he is not afraid to get himself about and put in important challenges. He also reads the game well and always looks forward which in an invaluable trait at the top level.
At West Ham he would not only prove to be a good defensive shield but he could also provide an attacking thrust in the heart of the team that the current crop is missing.
Poyet became West Ham's fourth summer signing following the captures of striker Mauro Zarate from Velez Sarsfield, Anderlecht midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and Ipswich full-back Aaron Cresswell.
The Hammers are not done in the transfer market yet, though, and are keen to bolster their squad further in order to stop a repeat of last season’s chaotic period when they became short on defenders and Allardyce was forced to experiment with his formations and team selections.
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