West Ham United are going to be up against it in the game against Chelsea this evening.
One of the key challenges for West Ham is going to be how they keep £27 million star Cesc Fabregas quiet.
Cheikh Kouyate may be tasked with the responsibility of containing the Spaniard and the stats below suggest how the battle could unfold.
|Position||Team||Goals||Goal Assist||Big Chance Created||Touches||Accurate Pass||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Position||Team||Won Tackle||Duel Won||Interception Won||Fouls||Accurate Pass||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Cheikhou Kouyaté||MF||West Ham||39||150||37||35||465||20||1,688|
Fabregas’ two biggest strengths appear to be his passing ability and his positional play.
He drifts into areas and pockets of space where he’s able to get on the ball and be effective in terms of creating chances and helping Chelsea to retain possession.
There are a couple of ways Kouyate can look at combating that.
Firstly, he can look to be aggressive and get in the face of Fabregas, trying to intimidate him physically, which makes him less willing to fly around midfield looking to get involved in the play.
Secondly, he can try and read the play and intercept the ball before it gets to Fabregas. That’s more dangerous because it forces a player to step out of position and take more risks. If he gets it wrong, Fabregas will make him pay.
Keep the Spaniard out of the game and West Ham have a great chance of securing a positive result.