12 duels won, four tackles: West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate vital in 2-1 win

West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate put in a solid shift during the Hammers' latest win.

West Ham United continued their impressive start to the campaign with a 2-1 win away against West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies may have ended their goal drought when Craig Dawson scored after just 10 minutes, but Sam Allardyce's side fought back as Kevin Nolan levelled before James Tomkins secured the victory.  

But another West Ham player who played a vital role in keeping the hosts at bay and ensuring his team headed back to London with the victory.

Much has been written about Alex Song's impact since arriving at Upton Park, but Cheikhou Kouyate has also impressed and he shone on Tuesday evening, providing an effective barrier in front of West Ham's defence.

The 24-year-old Senegal player won four tackles, one aerial battle, two interceptions and 12 ground duels,

In short, he put his foot in and, more often than not, he won.

  Passing AccuracyTackles WonDuels WonAerials WonInterceptions WonMins Played
Cheikhou Kouyaté 73% 4 12 1 2 90

Players like Kouyate so often prove to be the difference between success and failure in football and Allardyce did very well bringing him to the club.

While Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have made a considerable impact up front, Kouyate and Song have transformed the West Ham midfield, making it a considerably more formidable challenge for any and all sides.

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