The West Ham United midfielder is key to the way in which his side play.
West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring with Cheikhou Kouyate
Hammers midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate sat down for an in-depth interview with the club's official website, and shared how he gained a new nickname from his teammates, following his ability to play in pretty much any position, when Slaven Bilic has called upon him to do so.
'Mr Versatile', as he is now known in the West Ham dressing room, has fully established himself as one of the club's most important players, since making his £7 million move to the club in the summer of 2014, and his absence from the Hammers' midfield during his participation in the African Cup of Nations with Senegal hit the club hard.
The lack of physical prowess in the middle of the park was clear for all to see, and now that he is back and available for selection, Bilic will be confident that his side can continue their climb up the Premier League table.
The 27-year-old sat down for a wide-ranging interview with WHUFC.com, and explained how he is happy to give everything for the team, no matter what position he is deployed in:
"I know I am known as our Mr Versatile at the moment, but I don’t really like this title! Every time we don’t have a left-back, I play at left-back and every time we don’t have a right-back, I play at right-back, which is very hard! I prefer to play in midfield, but every time I play, whether it is there or at full-back, I will give everything for the team. I play for the team and not for myself.”
Next up for West Ham is a trip to Vicarage Road to take on Watford on February 25th, and Bilic's men will be looking for revenge, after losing 4-2 to the Hornets in the reverse fixture earlier on in their campaign.
West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate and James Collins