Since the January departure of Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle have lacked quality and class in central midfield. One Championship hotshot who could remedy that however, available at incredibly reasonable cost, is Charlton Athletic’s Diego Poyet.
The son of Gus has just come to the end of an impressive breakthrough campaign at the Valley, picking up the Young Player of the Year award despite only making his Championship debut in February.
Indeed, the 19 year-old is still raw, but his elegance in possession and natural reading of the game gives the anchoring playmaker the aura of a future star.
Averages of 4.3 tackles, 2.5 interceptions and 49 passes per match – the most of any player on the Addicks roster – suggest great promise too.
Furthermore, and personal allegiances to the Black Cats boss aside, the Pirlo-esque midfielder is yet to renew his soon-to-expire contract in South East London, meaning the Magpies can snap him up in a compensation deal this summer which usually work out at around £500k.
But Spurs and Arsenal are known to have been tracking the former England U17’s progress this season.