Charlton manager Bob Peeters believes that new signing Yoni Buyens has filled the void left by Diego Poyet, who joined West Ham this summer, reports the Evening Standard.
Poyet only made his debut for the club in January this year, and after making just 20 league appearances was voted the club’s Player of the Season for 2013/14.
Great performances in those five months earned him a move to Premier League side West Ham, and he left fans at The Valley worried that they would be unable to replace the Spanish born midfielder.
But Addicks manager Bob Peeters believes that his new signing Yoni Buyens can be just the right man to leave supporters saying – “Diego who?”
Buyens signed for the London club on loan from Standard Liege in June and has so far impressed in his six appearances this term, netting twice.
The 26-year-old has been instrumental in Charlton’s unbeaten start to the season, which has seen them rise to 5th place in the Championship.
Peeters has no doubt that Buyens will become a key member of the squad and that fans will soon have forgotten about Poyet.
“I played with Yoni when he was 17 and I saw great potential in him then,” he told the Evening Standard.
“As soon as Standard gave me a hint he was available, he was the first player I signed. At the time, there were issues with Diego Poyet.
“Poyet was a great talent but I knew within two months no one would even mention him any more.”
“Yoni was part of the best central midfield partnership in Belgium. At Standard, they kept him a bit more in his position and he lost a bit of freedom to be the player he can be.
“Now he is showing what a player he can be and people who saw him last season say he did not play like he is playing at Charlton. He is happy and he is enjoying it here.”
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