Collins comments on Kouyate partnership, explains main problem they've experienced

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West Ham United defender James Collins has praised teammate Cheikh Kouyate for overcoming a problem when asked to play at centre back.

West Ham United defender James Collins has explained to London24 how Cheikh Kouyate has dealt with a problem he’s faced playing in the side’s back four.

Kouyate has been used as a makeshift centre back at times by Sam Allardyce this season and Collins has been complimentary of the way his teammate has performed.

“He is so experienced and has played there so many times for his country so he knows what he is doing,” said Collins.

“He has a lack of English, but he is still very vocal on the pitch which is always good.”

It’s important for any player performing in the heart of a defence to be able to communicate effectively with his teammates.

It’s important in terms keeping the backline organised and identifying where the danger is coming from in the opposition midfield.

The issue for Allardyce is that he’ll still have his eyes on a place in the top eight and for the side to secure that finish, they need to be perfect in terms of keeping clean sheets and playing well.

Kouyate is arguably more effective just in front of the back four and the boss does have several options to use as centre backs before him, when everyone is fit and available.

However, he deserves a pat on the back for trying to play in an unfamiliar position when he’s still adapting to the pace and nature of Premier League football.

If the rest of West Ham’s squad show the willingness to adapt and thrive in a new position, the Hammers stand a great chance of securing that top eight position.

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