BBC pundit praises West Ham duo Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble

Mark Noble

West Ham United won against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at the weekend.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion forward Garth Crooks has praised West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate on BBC Sport.

Crooks was impressed with Kouyate’s performance for West Ham against West Brom away from home in the Premier League at the weekend.

The former Tottenham and West Brom forward has included the 26-year-old Senegal international, who can also play as defender, in his BBC Premier League Team of the Week.

“This lad has such a tremendous willingness to cover the ground especially when he wants to get on the end of something in the box, it's quite scary,” Crooks told BBC Sport about Kouyate.

“The way he left Gareth McAuley trailing in his wake for Mark Noble's toe-poke and West Ham's second goal characterised precisely what Kouyate is all about.

“He seldom misses games and has been a talisman for the Hammers for most of this season. He doesn't have the artistry and touch of Dimitri Payet, but players like that don't exist without the Kouyates of this world.”

Against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon, Kouyate took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 77%, created one chance, attempted two dribbles, won 43% of his tackles and 80% of his headers, and made five interceptions, five clearances and three blocks.

Crooks has also included West Ham midfielder Mark Noble in his BBC Premier League team of the Week.

“Mark Noble has become a leader in the true West Ham mould,” Crooks told BBC Sport. “Quietly letting others like Dimitri Payet and Andy Carroll take a starring role, but always there as an impressive support act.

“Well, his performance against West Brom was award-winning like many of his roles this season for the Hammers.”

Against the Baggies on Saturday afternoon, Noble scored two goals, had a pass accuracy of 86%, attempted three dribbles, won 50% of his tackles, and made two interceptions, one clearance and one block.

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