Star midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate says he will 'work to get even better' for West Ham

West Ham United star Cheikhou Kouyate has promised fans he will 'work to get even better' despite a fine first season after his 'dream' Premier League move.

The towering central midfielder has become a firm fans' favourite since his arrival at Upton Park. His all-action displays, commitment, energy and skill on the ball have been a pleasure to watch at the Boleyn since he joined from Belgian side Anderlecht last summer.

The Senegal star is one of the hot favourites for the prestigious Hammer of the Year award later this month. He may well be pipped to that honour by left back Aaron Cresswell but is likely to finish at least runner-up. Not bad for your first season in English football and having missed two months of matches while on international duty at the Africa Cup Of Nations.

After another fine display in West Ham's 1-0 win over Burnley where he won the decisive penalty with a brilliant piece of skill, the 25-year-old has good news for fans as he insists there is even more to come from him next season.

“My first season at West Ham for me has been a good season, and next year I will work to be better," Kouyate told West Ham's official website.

“English football was always my dream and West Ham have given me the chance to play in England so I am very happy.

"All the players have helped me, the staff, everybody and the fans too. The atmosphere here is fantastic.”

Kouyate has endeared himself to fans this season with some outstanding performances as an emergency centre back. He has even chipped in with five goals - more than in six years at Anderlecht - and a number of assists along the way to cement his place in the hearts of fans.

His efforts have now been recognised by some of the club's overseas fans after he was presented with a Player of the Year award from the Swedish Hammers supporter group following the Burnley win.

West Ham made a raft of signings last summer with nine new faces coming into the club in a push to provide more entertaining football for fans.

And their first bit of business, the bargain £7 million signing of the 6ft 2 all-rounder, has proved their best for many years.

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