Diego Poyet says it’s no problem having a famous footballing father.
Huddersfield Town’s on-loan West Ham United midfielder, in line for a second Terriers appearance at Bolton Wanderers, is the 19-year-old son of Sunderland manager Gus, the former Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Uruguay player.
Diego, given his Football League debut last season by Town manager Chris Powell when the pair were both at Charlton Athletic, was born in Zaragoza when Gus, who had a spell as a coach at Leeds United, was playing his football in the Spanish city.
That means he qualifies for three separate countries, and he has already represented England at Under 16 and 17 level.
For the time being, he is focused on establishing himself at Upton Park, with his John Smith’s Stadium stint providing the chance of valuable experience.
“Our roles are different, but I don’t mind being compared to my dad,” said Diego, who made 23 Charlton appearances before his summer switch across the Thames.
“He had a very good career. If people think I’m worse then it is not going to affect me. He’s my dad and I look up to him. I’ll support him and he’ll always support me.
“He is my biggest critic - but he is only doing it for me to improve. He wants the best for me. He has played in the Premier League and can give me advice. We always watch football together and speak about everything.
“I’ll think I’ve had a good game and send him a DVD and then he’ll point out little things that I hadn’t realised. I see that as a massive advantage.
“Everyone in the family is crazy about football. If we are sat having dinner then we’ll have a game on the TV.
“Even my mum has got into it. My older brother (Matias) doesn’t play now but knows an unbelievable amount about players.”
Diego was nine when his dad’s playing career, which also took in French side Grenoble and Uruguayan powerhouse River Plate, ended.
Initially the family returned to South America for 18 months before being brought back to England when Dennis Wise became Swindon manager and made former Chelsea teammate Poyet his right-hand man (they also worked together at Leeds before Gus linked up with Juande Ramos at Tottenham).
A family friend recommended Diego to Charlton, who signed him aged 11.
Dale Stephens’ sale to Brighton at the end of the last January transfer window opened the first-team door, with his debut coming in the 3-0 FA Cup third-round replay win at Oxford United.
His league bow came in the 2-1 Championship defeat at Wigan Athletic in February.
For West Ham Diego has made two starts, one of them in the 2-1 Premier League defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford, and one appearance from the bench.
The international break means he had to be patient for his bow against Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday for Town, whom he joined the day before the 3-1 loss at Fulham three weeks ago, when he was an unused substitute.
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The loan runs until next Saturday, taking in the home game against Brentford, but boss Powell has spoken of his hopes for an extension.
Diego was happy to be reunited with his former manager, explaining: “I’ve seen how Huddersfield have improved under him.
“I was lucky enough to work under him and (assistant) Alex Dyer at Charlton, and they deserve everything they get. They work very hard on the training pitch and that shows in the results.
“They were a big factor in my loan. As soon as I heard Huddersfield were interested in me, I immediately thought about working with them again. This is a big move for me as I’m away from home, but I trust the manager.”