West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) September 8, 2014
West Ham United defender Cheikhou Kouyate has been named as the club’s player of the month for August.
The 24-year-old deserves huge praise for taking little time to settle into life in the Premier League, following a move from Belgian side Anderlecht.
He’s proven that it is possible to have an impact in the Premier League in a difficult position despite having no previous experience of life in English football.
|Team||Pos||Total Tackle||Head Clearance||Touches||Head Pass||Accurate Pass||Apps||Mins|
|Cheikhou Kouyaté||West Ham||MF||15||3||169||13||83||3||270|
Kouyate has been impressive in a number of statistical areas, accumulating a high number of tackles from his appearances so far.
What that shows is that he’s willing to read the danger and throw in tackles in dangerous areas to try and release the pressure over his teammates.
He’s also been effective aerially in terms of clearing the ball, which helps to make West Ham a more difficult side to get the better of over the top.
That can force teams to play the ball on the deck, which is arguably easier for the Hammers back four to contain when they’re under pressure.
He’s also produced a high number of touches from his performances in August, which shows he’s positioning himself well and making himself available to receive possession when his teammates are under pressure.
He’s also got a good variety of passes which allows him to find a teammate in a better position when he himself is put under pressure when receiving or dealing with the ball in difficult situations.
Does he deserve it? Absolutely. Plenty of players have come into the Premier League and have struggled to adapt but Kouyate seems well suited to the division and seems to be enjoying his start to life at West Ham.