The son of former Uruguay international and Chelsea player Gus, Diego Poyet was once regarded as one of the most promising products to come out of Charlton Athletic’s academy as a youngster.
A midfielder who was once named as Charlton’s Player of the Year, Poyet would go on to make just 30 appearances for the Addicks across two spells with the club in his career.
During his first stint at the Valley he was given the chance to make the grade in the first team by the club’s then manager Chris Powell, with the midfielder playing in both defensive and more advanced roles in equal measure.
However come the summer of 2014, it was announced by the club that Poyet had refused to sign a new contract and would be pursuing opportunities elsewhere.
Poyet went on to sign for West Ham United on a four year contract, with the two clubs agreeing a compensation settlement upon completion of the deal.
It was later revealed that the player’s father, Gus, had been interested in signing him for Sunderland, until he backed out of the deal over fears that managing his son could cause friction in the dressing room.
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The midfielder would go on to play just three times for the Hammers at first team level as he failed to adapt to the high demands of the top flight, with the club resorting to loaning him out to Huddersfield Town, MK Dons and back to Charlton.
However none of these short lived spells away from Upton Park would be enough to earn the player a stay of execution with the Irons and as a result he was released in the summer of 2016.
In an attempt to resurrect his stuttering career, Poyet mulled over interest from both clubs in England and abroad before choosing to sign for Argentinian side Godoy Cruz.
Once again it was a short lived and unhappy spell for the Uruguayan as he played just three times in the Copa Libertadores before being let go due to the club being unable to play him because of the strict player registration rules on foreign players in Argentina.
Lastly Poyet moved to Cyprus in order to turn out for Pafos FC, for whom he would go on to play 22 times before calling it quits with football after searching for a new club for two years straight.
A prime example of a player maybe being given too much, too young, Poyet never really reached his potential as a footballer and may well look back with some regret over his career.