West Ham have made a decent start to their Premier League campaign.
The Hammers currently sit in eighth spot in the table, just four points adrift of second.
Something is definitely missing, however.
Manuel Pellegrini has an incredibly strong group of players at his disposal.
When looking at West Ham’s squad as a whole, however, there is one specific kind of player that they seem to lack – a powerful central midfielder who can run and carry the ball from deep into more advanced positions.
Declan Rice does his job superbly well, cleaning up in front of the back four. And Mark Noble offers the Hammers defenders a great outlet when they are up against it, what with his ability to receive the ball in tight areas under pressure. He is also an excellent passer of the football.
So taking all of this into consideration, did West Ham make a big mistake selling Cheikhou Kouyate?
The Hammers sold the 29-year-old Senegal international to Crystal Palace in the summer of 2018 for around £10 million, according to the Sun.
Despite the fact that he was inconsistent at times, he always provided West Ham with real energy and power in the middle of the park.
£10 million in today’s market really is just pocket change. It was almost impossible for the east London outfit to replace Kouyate and what he brought to the team with that kind of money.
Manuel Pellegrini might be regretting his decision to move the Senegalese ace on last summer.
West Ham could really do with his drive in the middle of the park now.