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Cheikhou Kouyate

Squad Number: 8
Position: Midfielder
Born: 21st Dec 1989 (Dakar, Senegal)
Signed: 17th Jun 2014 (£7,000,000)
Contract: 5 years (signed March 2016)
Previous Club: Anderlecht

KUMB Awards: Player of the Year (third place) 2014/15; Best Signing (third place) 2014/15.

Kouyate began his footballing career in 1996 in his hometown with ASC Yego Dakar and was scouted by Brussels in September 2006. Brussels then signed the player in January the following year. He went on to play ten league appearances for the first team between 2007 and 2008.

As Kouyate turned 19, he left Brussels and subsequently moved to Belgian rivals Anderlecht on a four-year deal for a free transfer. He went on to making 145 league apparences for Anderlecht, scoring three goals in five seasons at the club. He won four league titles with the club, having lost out in the first season at the club, with Standard Liège beating Anderlecht in a two legged final.

On 18 June 2014, Kouyate signed for West Ham United on a four-year contract. Kouyate said "I am very happy because today West Ham have given me the chance to play in the Premier League". He became West Ham's second signing before the 2014–15 season following the signing of Mauro Zarate at the end of May.

He joined fellow Senegalese player Mohamed Diamé at the club. Kouyate made his West Ham debut on 16 August 2014 in a 1-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. His performance was described as "impressive".


Kouyate's first interview (courtesy of whufc.com)

 

2016/17 Match Notes & Ratings

0-0 v Everton (h) 22nd April 2017
by Staff Writer



2-2 v Sunderland (a) 15th April 2017
by Staff Writer

Failed to track runs from the deep too often.

1-0 v Swansea (h) 8th April 2017
by Gordon Thrower

Solid in the middle and notched a superb goal.

0-3 v Arsenal (a) 5th April 2017
by Staff Writer

Failed to track runs from the deep too often.

1-2 v Hull City (a) 1st April 2017
by Gordon Thrower

Failed to track runs from the deep too often.

2-3 v Leicester City (h) 18th March 2017
by Gordon Thrower

Two positions in the one match. Took him a while to settle in the centre of defence.

2-3 v AFC Bournemouth (a) 11th March 2017
by Staff Writer

Nutt-sed for the opening goal but rallied thereafter. Not a right back however and neevr will be.

1-2 v Chelsea (h) 6th March 2017
by Staff Writer

Nutt-sed for the opening goal but rallied thereafter. Not a right back however and neevr will be.

1-1 v Watford (a) 25th February 2017
by Staff Writer

Nutt-sed for the opening goal but rallied thereafter. Not a right back however and neevr will be.

2-2 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 11th February 2017
by Gordon Thrower

Also nutmegged for their first. An otherwise decent runout in the problem right-back slot.

0-5 v Manchester City (h) 6th January 2017
by Staff Writer

Our lack of defensive capability on the right saw him covering two or three positions at once. Not bad under the circumstances.

0-2 v Manchester United (h) 2nd January 2017
by Staff Writer #2

Our lack of defensive capability on the right saw him covering two or three positions at once. Not bad under the circumstances.

0-1 v Leicester City (a) 31st December 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Our lack of defensive capability on the right saw him covering two or three positions at once. Not bad under the circumstances.

4-1 v Swansea City (a) 26th December 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Our lack of defensive capability on the right saw him covering two or three positions at once. Not bad under the circumstances.

1-0 v Hull City (h) 17th December 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Our lack of defensive capability on the right saw him covering two or three positions at once. Not bad under the circumstances.

1-0 v Burnley (h) 14th December 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

2-2 v Liverpool (a) 11th December 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

1-5 v Arsenal (h) 3rd December 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

1-4 v Manchester United (a) 30th November 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

1-1 v Manchester United (a) 27th November 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

2-3 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 19th November 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

1-1 v Stoke City (h) 5th November 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Marshalled what little threat the visitors posed quite well but, given the way they lined up, I’d have liked to have seen him bringing the ball out of defence a bit more.

0-2 v Everton (a) 30th October 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

2-1 v Chelsea (h) 26th October 2016
by Trevor Twohig

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

1-0 v Sunderland (h) 22nd October 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

1-0 v Crystal Palace (a) 15th October 2016
by Gordon Thrower

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

1-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 1st October 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

0-3 v Southampton (h) 25th September 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Another who is out of sorts and it’s difficult to pinpoint why.

1-0 v Accrington Stanley (h) 21st September 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

2-4 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 17th September 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

2-4 v Watford (h) 10th September 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

1-3 v Manchester City (a) 28th August 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

0-1 v Astra Giurgiu (h) 25th August 2016
by Staff Writer

The workrate was there, as always, but the quality and finesse sadly lacking tonight.

1-0 v AFC Bournemouth (h) 21st August 2016
by Staff Writer

Not a bad effort for a player who was supposedly unable to walk 72 hours earlier!

1-1 v Astra Giurgiu (a) 18th August 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

1-2 v Chelsea (a) 15th August 2016
by Staff Writer

Not really in the game at all, which was unusual for a player of Cheik's quality.

2-3 v Juventus (h) 7th August 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

3-0 v NK Domzale (h) 4th August 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Two very clever finishes added the icing to the cake of what was a MOTM performance.

3-0 v NK Domzale (h) 4th August 2016
by Staff Writer

A classy performance from a very important player. Payet and Noble drew the plaudits last season but it was Kouyate that kept the midfield ticking over. Tonight he takes the acclaim for two goals that steered West Ham into the next round of the competition.

 

2015/16 Match Notes & Ratings

1-2 v Stoke City (a) 15th May 2016
by Staff Writer

They stuck someone on him most of the time which curtailed those runs out of defence he usually does.

3-2 v Manchester United (h) 10th May 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Another stormer. Last season he was often left out for Alex Song. How many of us would want that this year?

1-4 v Swansea City (h) 7th May 2016
by Staff Writer

A quiet game for the usually imposing central midfielder.

1-1 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 30th April 2016
by Staff Writer

They stuck someone on him most of the time which curtailed those runs out of defence he usually does.

3-1 v Watford (h) 20th April 2016
by Staff Writer

They stuck someone on him most of the time which curtailed those runs out of defence he usually does.

2-2 v Leicester City (a) 17th April 2016
by Staff Writer

Seemed to be in no-man’s land for much of the game.

1-2 v Manchester United (h) 13th April 2016
by Staff Writer

Another strong performance from a player who doesn’t catch the eye in the same manner as Payet but whose presence is arguably just as important.

3-3 v Arsenal (h) 9th April 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Another MOTM candidate and was immense in the middle.

2-2 v Crystal Palace (h) 2nd April 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Was doing ok up to that mad five minutes. Desparately unlucky to be “Johnny on the spot” as Clattenburg took the excuse to issue the red card he had been looking to give all day.

2-2 v Chelsea (a) 19th March 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Played the sheet anchor in front of the defence. MOTM for me.

1-1 v Manchester United (a) 13th March 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Another strong performance from a player who doesn’t catch the eye in the same manner as Payet but whose presence is arguably just as important.

3-2 v Everton (a) 5th March 2016
by Staff Writer

When Noble plays well Kouyate seems to be down a notch – and vice versa. Now when we get them firing together...

1-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 2nd March 2016
by Staff Writer

Unusually ineffective in the centre of the park. Nearly scored with a crafty bicycle kick that crashed back off the bar.

1-0 v Sunderland (h) 27th February 2016
by Staff Writer

Kept plugging away and might have had more than the one goal that he got.

5-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 21st February 2016
by Staff Writer #2

Kept plugging away and might have had more than the one goal that he got.

2-2 v Norwich City (a) 13th February 2016
by Staff Writer

Kept plugging away and might have had more than the one goal that he got.

2-1 v Liverpool (h) 9th February 2016
by Staff Writer

Like TOmkins, was victim of a first half reshuffle enfoced by injury.

2-0 v Aston Villa (h) 2nd February 2016
by Staff Writer

Terrific work rate - none more so evident than when striding through to support Valencia for the killer second goal.

0-0 v Liverpool (a) 30th January 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Like TOmkins, was victim of a first half reshuffle enfoced by injury.

2-2 v Manchester City (h) 23rd January 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Storming performance – set up the first and nearly got us the winner with the last touch of the game.

1-2 v Newcastle United (a) 16th January 2016
by Staff Writer

Wile-E is rapidly becoming one of my favourite players in this side. The amount of hard work he gets through is breathtaking.

1-0 v Wolves (h) 9th January 2016
by Staff Writer

Put in some hard miles and often it was his long leg intercepting a possible dangerous pass.

2-0 v Liverpool (h) 2nd January 2016
by Gordon Thrower

Put in some hard miles and often it was his long leg intercepting a possible dangerous pass.

2-1 v Southampton (h) 27th December 2015
by Gordon Thrower

The withdrawal of Song meant his role was more clearly defined in the second half and the improvement was pivotal in our resurgence.

1-1 v Aston Villa (a) 26th December 2015
by Staff Writer

Totally off the pace and barely involved, despite hitting the bar with a glancing header in the first half - one of the few occasions on which he got forward to support the front men.

0-0 v Swansea City (a) 20th December 2015
by Staff Writer

A quiet game for the usually imposing central midfielder.

0-0 v Stoke City (h) 12th December 2015
by Staff Writer

They stuck someone on him most of the time which curtailed those runs out of defence he usually does.

0-0 v Manchester United (a) 5th December 2015
by Staff Writer

They stuck someone on him most of the time which curtailed those runs out of defence he usually does.

1-1 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 29th November 2015
by Staff Writer

They stuck someone on him most of the time which curtailed those runs out of defence he usually does.

1-4 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 22nd November 2015
by Staff Writer

Unusually ineffective in the centre of the park. Nearly scored with a crafty bicycle kick that crashed back off the bar.

1-1 v Everton (h) 7th November 2015
by Gordon Thrower

When Noble plays well Kouyate seems to be down a notch – and vice versa. Now when we get them firing together...

0-2 v Watford (a) 31st October 2015
by Gordon Thrower

They stuck someone on him most of the time which curtailed those runs out of defence he usually does.

2-1 v Chelsea (h) 24th October 2015
by Gordon Thrower

Got the sponsors’ MOTM in what was a difficult week for MOTM choices. Am I allowed more than one MOTM? If so he’s one of them.

3-1 v Crystal Palace (a) 17th October 2015
by Gordon Thrower

Is it me or will Song have a job to get into our midfield when he finally regains fitness?

2-2 v Sunderland (a) 3rd October 2015
by Staff Writer

Kept plugging away and might have had more than the one goal that he got.

2-2 v Norwich City (h) 26th September 2015
by Gordon Thrower

Kept plugging away and might have had more than the one goal that he got.

2-0 v Newcastle United (h) 14th September 2015
by Gordon Thrower

Wile-E is rapidly becoming one of my favourite players in this side. The amount of hard work he gets through is breathtaking.

3-0 v Liverpool (a) 29th August 2015
by Gordon Thrower

A powerhouse who was as full of running in the 97th minute as he had been in the first.

3-4 v AFC Bournemouth (h) 22nd August 2015
by Staff Writer

Battled gamely, took the goal well but also suffered from the general passing malaise.

1-2 v Leicester City (h) 15th August 2015
by Gordon Thrower

Seemed to be in no-man’s land for much of the game.

2-0 v Arsenal (a) 9th August 2015
by Gordon Thrower

Another MOTM candidate and was immense in the middle.

2-0 v Arsenal (a) 9th August 2015
by Staff Writer

Worked like a Trojan in the centre of the park and scored the all-important opening goal.

1-2 v Astra Giurgiu (a) 6th August 2015
by Staff Writer

I’ll give him MOTM by default as he slipped back into central defence without missing a beat after Tomkins left.

 

2014/15 Match Notes & Ratings

0-2 v Newcastle United (a) 24th May 2015
by Raedwulf

By not very much, Man of the Match. Energetic, committed, and wasn't that a lovely thumping header for the opener!

1-2 v Everton (h) 16th May 2015
by Gordon Thrower

By not very much, Man of the Match. Energetic, committed, and wasn't that a lovely thumping header for the opener!

0-1 v Aston Villa (a) 9th May 2015
by Raedwulf

Ran around a lot; achieved little.

1-0 v Burnley (h) 2nd May 2015
by Raedwulf

Great run to win the pen, and hard-working, as always.

1-0 v Burnley (h) 2nd May 2015
by Gordon Thrower

Good showing. Is it me or does he come out of his shell more when Song isn’t there? Ok it’s probably me but he gets my MOTM anyway.

0-0 v Queens Park Rangers (a) 25th April 2015
by Raedwulf

Oh, what a horrible miss! On the other hand, he got there in the first place. Rather sums his game up.

0-2 v Manchester City (a) 19th April 2015
by Staff Writer

By not very much, Man of the Match. Energetic, committed, and wasn't that a lovely thumping header for the opener!

1-1 v Stoke City (h) 11th April 2015
by Raedwulf

Work-rate continues to impress, but couldn't outshine an equally hard-working Stoke midfield.

1-2 v Leicester City (a) 4th April 2015
by Raedwulf

Terrific finish and thank the gods he's back in central midfield where he belongs! Almost an 8 today. And I'm not the most generous marker in the world!

0-3 v Arsenal (a) 14th March 2015
by Raedwulf

He certainly could be a DC, but he isn't one right now, and consequently gets caught out occasionally. Still, a good effort, and showed his amazing energy levels by getting well forward at times and still got back.

0-1 v Chelsea (h) 4th March 2015
by Staff Writer



1-3 v Crystal Palace (h) 28th February 2015
by Raedwulf

Surprisingly anonymous, and gave away a bit of a silly free kick for their third.

2-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 22nd February 2015
by Raedwulf

By not very much, Man of the Match. Energetic, committed, and wasn't that a lovely thumping header for the opener!

0-4 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 14th February 2015
by Raedwulf

As a temporary DC, got found out today.

0-0 v Southampton (a) 11th February 2015
by Staff Writer



1-1 v Manchester United (h) 8th February 2015
by Staff Writer

Didn't look out of place next to TOmkins and watching him stride out of the back with the ball was reminiscent of Rio Ferdinand in his early days. Oh - and he scored a fairly decent goal too. MotM.

1-1 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 1st January 2015
by Staff Writer

Without Mark Noble or Kevin Nolan alongside him, Cheik often looks uncomfortable as he bears greater defensive responsibility. Not reallt in it much today.

1-2 v Arsenal (h) 28th December 2014
by Raedwulf

Another good, energetic game in the middle, though his first West Ham goal will probably bring him little joy, given the defeat.

0-2 v Chelsea (a) 26th December 2014
by Raedwulf

The pick of the midfield, but couldn't be everywhere.

2-0 v Leicester City (h) 20th December 2014
by Staff Writer

Still struggling to replicate his early season form. A couple of early mistakes could have proved costly, although he grew into the game.

1-1 v Sunderland (a) 13th December 2014
by Raedwulf

Doing a good job as the midfield "enforcer", but doing the mucky stuff restricts his chances to shine, so still only a 6.

1-1 v Sunderland (a) 13th December 2014
by Staff Writer

Still struggling to replicate his early season form. A couple of early mistakes could have proved costly, although he grew into the game.

3-1 v Swansea (h) 7th December 2014
by Raedwulf

A mixed game. Gave the ball away poorly on the half-hour, but bravely threw himself at a header 5 minutes before the half-time whistle. So a fairly similar game to Jenks!

3-1 v Swansea (h) 7th December 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Lots of interceptions but tired a bit in the second half.

2-1 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 2nd December 2014
by Raedwulf

Stout in defence, but couldn't really impose himself on the Albion midfield, and didn't contribute a huge amount going forwards, bar that one shot.

2-1 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 2nd December 2014
by Staff Writer

Like Nolan, Chiek worked tirelessly in midfield to deny Albion space and create openings for his own team. Whilst not quite as effective as in the first few weeks of the season, he is pretty much back to full fitness - a major boost ahead of the busy Christmas period.

1-0 v Newcastle United (h) 29th November 2014
by Raedwulf

Industrious without necessarily having a great impact.

1-0 v Newcastle United (h) 29th November 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Superb inch perfect pass to set up Cresswell (!) but he's had better days.

0-0 v Aston Villa (h) 8th November 2014
by Raedwulf

Rather more busy than effective. Not yet back to pre-injury form.

0-0 v Aston Villa (h) 8th November 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Did a job but not as influential as he can be.

2-1 v Manchester City (h) 25th October 2014
by Raedwulf

(Replaced Amalfitano) A welcome return to action. Worked hard and imposed himself on the City midfield for his quarter.

2-1 v Manchester City (h) 25th October 2014
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Amalfitano) Came in to shore things up once City changed things around and did well in that respect.

3-1 v Liverpool (h) 20th September 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Another who put in a fine shift. Even more so considering that he plyed formuch of the game with a groin problem that looked as if he'd need to go off on a couple of occasions.

3-1 v Liverpool (h) 20th September 2014
by Raedwulf

The least of our excellent midfield today. Was relatively quiet today, mostly because he was busy keeping Liverpool quiet; successfully so. I just hope that groin problem isn't more than a mild tweak - we want him at OT next week!

2-2 v Hull City (a) 15th September 2014
by Raedwulf

Busy and energetic again, did his bit in keeping Mo mostly quiet!

1-3 v Southampton (h) 30th August 2014
by Raedwulf

Energetic again, but... Learning curve, I guess.

1-3 v Southampton (h) 30th August 2014
by Gordon Thrower

The one player who never gave up. Shame there weren't more like him out there.

3-1 v Crystal Palace (a) 23rd August 2014
by Gordon Thrower

MOTM. Quite simply the opposition had no legal way of countering him. Are we allowed to call him Wile E.?

3-1 v Crystal Palace (a) 23rd August 2014
by Raedwulf

Busy, but nowhere near the impact on the game that he had last week.

0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 16th August 2014
by Gordon Thrower

Another fine debut – just missed out on my MOTM award by virtue of his having to play out of position for the lat half hour thanks to Ginge.

0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 16th August 2014
by Trevor Twohig

Duracell Bunny Man of the Match; never stopped running. Even at the end of the game was challenging for the ball winning it, running 60 yards and chasing back. Solid in defence after Collins was stupid, and looks good on the ball, too.

0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 16th August 2014
by Raedwulf

Duracell Bunny Man of the Match; never stopped running. Even at the end of the game was challenging for the ball winning it, running 60 yards and chasing back. Solid in defence after Collins was stupid, and looks good on the ball, too.

 

2013/14 Match Notes & Ratings

Cheikhou Kouyate is yet to play this season.

 

2012/13 Match Notes & Ratings

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2011/12 Match Notes & Ratings

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2010/11 Match Notes & Ratings

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2009/10 Match Notes & Ratings

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2008/09 Match Notes & Ratings

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2007/08 Match Notes & Ratings

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2006/07 Match Notes & Ratings

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2005/06 Match Notes & Ratings

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2004/05 Match Notes & Ratings

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