West Ham machine Cheikhou Kouyate explains why Slaven Bilic shouts at him

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He has eight league goals in two seasons for West Ham.

West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has admitted to the club's official website that he annoys manager Slaven Bilic by abandoning his defensive midfield duties in favour of joining the attack.

The 26-year-old has been solid as a rock for the Hammers this season but he does appear to be fond of a goal, netting eight Premier League goals for the club over the previous two seasons.

Although some of his goals stem from set pieces, Kouyate certainly does possess an adventurous streak which has seen him stray from his set position at times - a habit which he claims does not always please the Croatian manager.

"Yes, sometimes the manager shouts at me to calm down and stay in position in front of the back four," the Senegalese midfielder told the Irons' official website.

"Sometimes, Winston Reid and Ogbonna call me and say: 'Cheikhou, you need to stay back! In my head, I always want to go though, especially when there is a break that goes from one side to the other and I know that the ball will be crossed in and I want to be on the end of it."

 

Bilic's boys visit Premier League leaders Leicester City on Sunday in a game which they cannot afford to lose if they want Champions League qualification.

 

The East Londoners, sixth in the table, already sit five points behind Manchester City - a deficit which might well be eight points by the time they kick off, if City win at Chelsea on the Saturday.

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