Charlton Athletic have completed the loan signing of Diego Poyet from West Ham United until the end of the season. He becomes the second former Addicks man to re-join the club today, after defender Roger Johnson also moved back to The Valley.
20-year-old Poyet has spent the first part of the season on loan from fellow Championship relegation contenders MK Dons, but he returned to West Ham recently, allowing him to then link up with his former club. The central midfielder graduated through the clubs esteemed and highly-regarded academy, before going on to win the Player of the Year Award back in 2014. Interim Head Coach Karel Fraeye expressed his delight at welcoming Poyet back to the club, when speaking to the official club website,
“I’m very proud to have Diego back.
He was our Player of the Year for a very good reason and it has hurt to see him play for other Championship clubs since then, so we’re delighted to have him back here.
He’s a player who is not afraid on the ball, and although he is very young, he has played a lot of games in the Championship already.
We know that Diego is someone who will play for the shirt, and we have already seen today that everyone in the building is so happy to see him back.”
Poyet, who has again been assigned the number 39 shirt, left the club in 2014 following the expiration of his contract and moved to West Ham ahead of Sunderland, who was manged by Gus Poyet at the time, Diego’s father.
With over 40 games of Championship football under his belt, despite his young age he does bring a degree of experience with him and will have a big role to play if he is to assist his new club pulling out of the relegation dogfight. He becomes the third January signing by Fraeye, in addition to Johnson, Rhys Williams also signed from Middlesbrough on loan.