Poyet hungry for more

Twenty-year-old midfielder Diego Poyet has ambitions to make his name in a West Ham United shirt this season
Diego Poyet says there is a lot to look forward to at West Ham United this season and he hopes to be playing a part in what will be a big season at the Club.

The midfielder played an important role as the Hammers secured a 3-0 first leg win over FC Lusitans at the Boleyn Ground on Thursday, to take into the second leg of the Europa League first round qualifier on Thursday.

And fresh from the game which saw West Ham start back early for pre-season, he said he is hungry for more chances under new manager Slaven Bilic in the forthcoming campaign.

“It depends on how far we get in things like cups and Europa League,” he explained. “The gaffer might give a chance to some of the younger players. We were unfortunate last season as we lost in the Capital One Cup against Sheffield United early on, so it was difficult. Hopefully, fingers crossed, some youngsters will get the chance to play. “

Poyet said that the new Hammers boss came into the dressing room before the game to wish the players luck, speak to them and then see them again afterwards.

“He is trying to get to know us all, he has spoken to us as a group in Ireland. He has good presence about him. All I can say of him is what I have seen of him before at Bestikas and Croatia, that he has charisma, it is exciting for everyone.”

Having gone out on loan last season to Huddersfield Town to get match action, Poyet says that could be the case again for him this year but he is looking to battle for a place in the West Ham team first and foremost.

“I don’t know about a loan,” he said. “I haven’t spoken to anyone about it. My preference would be to stay at West Ham as that is where I want to be and that is where I want to play. If the manager tells me I’m better off going out on loan and get some games in, then I will respect him for that and I will do that, but until I am told to, I am not going anywhere.”

Poyet said the players are looking forward to the second leg and says that these matches are tremendous experience for any player, especially at a young age.

“These games are great, Lusitans played 5-4-1 on Thursday and a solid 5-4-1 and were happy with 1-0, 2-0 and stuck to it. That is something you don’t really get in the Premier League.

“These are different things you learn and it is great experience for all the players involved.”

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