Aaron Cresswell gives his opinion on Cheikhou Kouyaté's West Ham United exit

Antonio Valencia of Manchester United during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester United and Valencia at Old Trafford on October 2, 2018 in Manchester, United...

West Ham United sold Cheikhou Kouyaté to Crystal Palace during the summer transfer window.

Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United is dejected after the final whistle during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at White Hart Lane on November 19, 2016...

Aaron Cresswell has told West Ham United’s official website that he thought Cheikhou Kouyaté was a loss this summer.

West Ham decided to sell Kouyaté to Crystal Palace soon after Manuel Pellegrini took charge.

The central midfielder is now due to come up against his former side for the first time, when Crystal Palace take on West Ham at the weekend.

 

And Cresswell admits that Kouyate’s departure has left a void in the West Ham dressing room, just like James Tomkins’ exit did two years ago.

The left-back said: “I’m looking forward to seeing some old faces. They’re two great lads and we had some brilliant times over the years.

Cheikhou Kouyate of Crystal Palace during the Pre-Season Friendly between Crystal Palace and Toulouse at Selhurst Park on August 4, 2018 in London, England.

“Cheik has only just gone recently and he was a loss, not only on the pitch but in the changing room. It was the same when Tonks left a couple of years back as he’s another great lad and a top defender. It’ll be good to see them both.”

Kouyate was let go to make room for the addition of Jack Wilshere, but the ex-Arsenal man has not made a great impression so far.

Wilshere has struggled badly with injuries, and is still not back to full fitness.

West Ham go into their match with Palace in good form, having won their last two matches on the bounce.

ROMFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 09:Edimilson Fernandes and Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham United during training at Rush Green on May 9, 2018 in Romford, England.

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