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.
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.
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…
No because he was lazy last 2 seasons, don’t rewrite history
— Jack (@Jack_hobson12) April 8, 2020
No because his last two seasons was awful.
— Josh⚒ (@JoshVernege) April 8, 2020
Yep. Think he got made a scapegoat by the fans when I really don’t think he deserved a lot of the criticism. Was one of our most consistent players for 3-4 years or so
— Tom Guy (@TomGuy93) April 8, 2020
yes! should’ve sold obiang instead. kouyate was immense for us, gutted he left.
— Adam Leatherbarrow (@ADAMC1R) April 8, 2020
I miss the Kouyate from his first 2 seasons. His last 2 seasons he seemed lazy and constantly out of form unfortunately
— Burt Macklin FBI (@jxshyyyx) April 8, 2020
Same as Diame, always kept saying wanted to join a ‘bigger club’ and thought they were better than West Ham. True fact is, WHU we’re probably the peak of their careers.
— Steve Linton (@SteveLinton7) April 8, 2020
Great player for us
— Fred Jackson (@FredJac07859045) April 8, 2020
Never lived up to expectations,should have run and bossed games,never did.
— Andy Wellbelove (@andywellie) April 8, 2020
Always liked Kouyate as a person.
Remember shouting shoot as I was watching from behind the goal.
His smile was infectious.
— Mr Grey (@Stug4grey) April 8, 2020
The kouyate that played the first 18months was the first name on the team sheet, the last 18 months he was the last name on the subs bench,,
— Big Gilp’s (@GilpinLee) April 8, 2020
Good signing to begin with. Was right to sell him. Was wrong to sell to Palace though. Very wrong not to replace him.
— Stevie Rae (@StevieRaePunk) April 8, 2020
Yes, we should’ve kept him
— Julie Ann (@julieanko) April 8, 2020
Yes, I miss him.
— 🇩🇪 DEPtones (@DEPtones) April 8, 2020
I miss this version, not the one that left us.
I think I miss Tomkins more if I had a choice.
Let the disagreements begin
— David Rowney (@anglo_gent) April 8, 2020
Miss his energy
— peter (@peter72810017) April 8, 2020
kouyate and tomkins are two transfers I will never understand
— RickJohn Ngugi (@NgugiRickjohn) April 8, 2020