Cheikhou Kouyate impresses for West Ham United

Referee Roger East shows a yellow card to West Ham United's Senegalese midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate (L) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Swansea...

Cheikhou Kouyate was in good form for West Ham United last night.

Diafra Sakho (C) of West Ham United celebrates scoring his team's third goal with his team mates Cheikhou Kouyate (L) and Reece Oxford (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between...

David Moyes won his first point as West Ham United manager last night as the Hammers drew 1-1 with Leicester City at the London Stadium.

Cheikhou Kouyate managed a first-half header to get the Irons back on level terms after Marc Albrighton had fired the visitors ahead early on.

Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham United celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at London Stadium on April 8, 2017 in...

Kouyate has divided opinion within the West Ham fanbase this season, and many were still unhappy with him last night in spite of his goal, but the statistics illustrate just how effective he was in their midfield.

  PositionTeamDuel WonBall RecoveryTotal TackleWon TackleGoalsAerial WonAppearancesMins Played
Cheikhou Kouyaté MF West Ham 14 6 3 3 1 8 1 90

The Senegal international won more duels than any other player on the pitch (14) managed to recover possession for his side on six occasions.

West Ham United's Senegalese midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate (L) vies with Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane (C) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham...

It was an industrious performance from the big man who also successfully won all three of the tackles that he went in for, while he used his height to his advantage as well and won eight aerial duels - more than any other player on the pitch.

He still has a lot to prove to West Ham fans, and rightly so because he hasn't been at his best this season, but last night's performance was a good way to start winning them over once more.

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