West Ham sold Cheikhou Kouyate to Crystal Palace for £11 million (The Guardian) in the summer of 2018.

The 57-capped Senegal international joined the Hammers from Anderlecht in the summer of 2014. And he proved to be an instant hit in east London.

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The way in which Kouyate carried the ball from defence to attack gave West Ham something extra in the middle of the park.

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Cheikhou Kouyate (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

The 30-year-old’s final 18 months in east London wasn’t quite as fruitful as his first two-and-a-half years, however.

He was often accused of laziness and seemed to be an absolute shadow of his former self.

Hammers fans split

Many West Ham fans were split when the club sold him to Crystal Palace, however. Some longed for his power and athleticism in the middle of the park, whilst others were glad to see the back of the Senegalese midfielder.

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Cheikhou Kouyate (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Kouyate was a great player for the Hammers when he was in his prime. But he was equally frustrating at the same time.

The 30-year-old has been a sound addition for Crystal Palace. And he is now a key player for Roy Hodgson’s side.

Some West Ham fans took to Twitter to debate the merits of selling the Senegal international 20 months ago…

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