According to London24, Chelsea are mulling over making a move for out-of-contract midfield starlet Diego Poyet after his deal ended with Charlton at the end of last season.
The report states: ‘Midfielder Poyet - son of Sunderland manager Gus – has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City after an impressive breakthrough campaign with Charlton last season.
‘Poyet won Charlton’s Player of the Year award last season after breaking into the first team and making 23 appearances to help the Addicks avoid relegation.’
Charlton, despite a good debut season back in the Championship in 2012-13, had a torrid time in the league last season and finished in a lowly 18th position, just four points away from relegation. Nevertheless, the London-based side remain ambitious for next season and confident they can enticing the young talent to sign a long-term deal at the club despite the interest from the big English clubs.
In the case of the Blues, who already have a copious amount of extraordinary young talented central midfield players, we take a look at how last season he stacked up against Chelsea loanee Nathaniel Chalobah during last season.
Goals: 0 and Assists: 0
Attacking: Shots: 4 – Dribbles: 8 – Dispossessed: 24
Passing: Pass accuracy: 83.2% - Key passes: 16 – Total passes: 975 – Accurate long balls: 122/154
Defending: tackles: 86 – Interceptions: 49 – Fouls: 21 – Clearances: 44 – Blocked shots: 10
WhoScored Rating: 7.16
Nathaniel Chalobah (at Middlesbrough):
Appearances: 15 (4)
Goals: 1 and Assists: 0
Attacking: shots: 17 – Dribbles: 4 – Dispossessed: 11
Passing: pass accuracy: 78.5% - Key Passes: 18 – Total passes: 596 – Accurate long balls: 44/69
Defending: Tackles: 30 – Interceptions: 25 – Fouls: 21 – Clearances: 29 – Blocked shots: 5
WhoScored Rating: 6.77
Both players by trade are deep-lying central midfielders; however, you can easily see the differences between both Chalobah and Poyet's game.
Poyet is more defensively astute than Chalobah and is far more likely to put his foot in where it hurts and win the ball back for his team, whereas the Chelsea man is more likely to get forward and offer an attacking threat too.
Poyet is a lot tidier in possession and has an incredible accuracy when passing the ball but lacks a creative edge, which is something that he needs to improve on for next season.
Chalobah, at the moment, is a much more 'complete' midfielder, but lacks in certain areas where Poyet excels in; however, if Poyet is ever to reach the very top then he will need to add that to his game.
Both players, at this moment in time, would struggle with the rigours of Premier League football and should look to spend another year at Championship level. However, considering their age, we believe both are on the right track to reach the very top of the English game.
Should Chelsea go for Poyet?