Poyet surprises Dons boss Robbo

Diego Poyet (Milton Keynes Dons) and Tom Kalas (Middlesbrough FC) challenge for the high ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Milton Keynes Dons at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, England on 12 September 2015. Photo by George Ledger. PSI-0876-0018
Diego Poyet (Milton Keynes Dons) and Tom Kalas (Middlesbrough FC) challenge for the high ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Milton Keynes Dons at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, England on 12 September 2015. Photo by George Ledger. PSI-0876-0018

Karl Robinson admitted he didn’t expect West Ham loanee Diego Poyet to be as good as he is when he first signed him.

The 20-year-old has slotted well into Dons’ midfield and has taken on the lynchpin role vacated by injured Darren Potter with aplomb.

Poyet, son of former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder Gus, has started every game since signing last month, and despite expecting big things from him, Robinson says he is surprised by just how good the Hammers midfielder is.

“I knew he was good, but I didn’t know him as a person,” said Robinson. “But I didn’t realise his son had the same components and will to win as his dad.

“Diego Poyet has been absolutely magnificent. As a young man, he gets me excited about football because of the way he takes on instruction, and the way he conducts himself.

“I hope he can build on what he’s already got, and can improve offensively to become more effective.”