As disappointing as it is, one man a Championship side does not make. I'm a bit gutted, but the boy was out of contract and who knows who's spent the close season whispering in his ear. If it was known he had so much potential then the previous regime really should have got him on a longer contract before he was elevated to first teamer status. And let's be honest with ourselves, once he was into the last six months of his contract there was no way we were going to get him to extend, I suspect even if we made a break the bank offer. Because of his age we will be due some compensation which I'm sure the clubs legal team will be working on imminently.
We now need to see the board make further investments across the board. I think we need at least another two defenders, midfielders and attackers to have anything like the barest squad numbers to enable us to remain competitive throughout a whole season.
I wish Poyet well and hope he does not end up in the same boat as so many other young starlets lured by money and the promise of glory. It would have been good to see him in a Charlton shirt for one more season and get some serious money for him but he's made his decision and there's very little I think anyone could have done to change it.