Cheikhou Kouyate (Midfielder)
21st Dec 1989 (Dakar, Senegal)Signed:
17th Jun 2014 (£7,000,000)Contract:
5 years (signed March 2016)Previous Club:
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 LiŤge 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 2014Ė15 season following the signing of Mauro Zarate at the end of May.
He joined fellow Senegalese player Mohamed Diamť 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)