West Ham United's Diego Poyet struggles for Charlton Athletic

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The 20-year-old was a mere spectator at The Valley.


It might be safe to say that Diego Poyet has struggled to make a major impact since joining Charlton Athletic on loan from West Ham United in January.


The 20-year-old central midfielder had earned just three starting berths since re-joining the Addicks, but manager Jose Riga gave him another chance in Tuesday's 0-0 home draw with MK Dons - a chance that passed him by.


Poyet managed only one tackle during his 71-minute stint at The Valley last night which, given his position, suggests that the youngster struggled to assert himself on the contest.


  PositionTeamTotal PassAccurate PassMins PlayedDuel LostFoulsTotal TackleFwd Pass
Diego Poyet MF Charlton 40 36 71 1 0 1 13

Despite a very accomplished passing accuracy, the vast majority of his passes went sideways or backwards on the night.

Given that he also failed to commit a single foul, it was a more or less anonymous display from the Hammers starlet, who incurred the wrath of Charlton supporters on Twitter for his perceived apathy.

Many of the fans were astonished that Riga did not withdraw him sooner, but the Belgian manager - who knows him well from a previous spell with the Londoners - has long insisted that Poyet is a special talent.

Having said that, the margin for experimentation grows slimmer by the week for Charlton, who sit seven points adrift of safety.

Their fans will hope that Riga begins to use more senior players in the coming weeks and months as they look to preserve their Championship status.

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