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Cheikhou Kouyaté

Cheikhou Kouyaté (born 21 December 1989) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Crystal Palace and captains the Senegal national team.[3][4]

Cheikhou Kouyaté
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Kouyaté playing for West Ham United in 2016
Personal information
Full name Cheikhou Kouyaté[1]
Date of birth (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Dakar, Senegal
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder, defender
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 8
Youth career
1996–2006 ASC Yego Dakar
2006–2007 RWDM Brussels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 RWDM Brussels 10 (0)
2008–2014 Anderlecht 153 (4)
2008–2009Kortrijk (loan) 26 (3)
2014–2018 West Ham United 129 (12)
2018– Crystal Palace 45 (0)
National team
2007 Senegal U20 3 (2)
2012 Senegal Olympic 4 (0)
2012– Senegal 54 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:29, 7 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:22, 27 July 2019 (UTC)

Kouyaté moved from Senegal to Belgium in 2006, having been offered a youth contract at RWDM Brussels. After breaking into the first team, he went on to play just ten appearances before moving to Anderlecht aged 19. In June 2014, he joined West Ham of the Premier League. He represented the Senegal national team at the 2012 Olympics.

CareerEdit

 
Kouyaté praying before a West Ham match, 2014

Early careerEdit

Kouyaté began his footballing career in 1996 in his hometown with ASC Yego Dakar and was scouted by RWDM Brussels in September 2006. RWDM Brussels then signed the player in January the following year.[5] He went on to play ten league appearances for the first team between 2007 and 2008.[6]

AnderlechtEdit

As Kouyaté turned 19, he left Brussels because his former employers did not pay him three months' worth of wages. He subsequently moved to Belgian rivals Anderlecht on a four-year deal for a free transfer.[7] After a loan to KV Kortrijk, he returned to Anderlecht. Kouyaté went on to make 153 league appearances for Anderlecht, scoring four goals in five seasons at the club. He won the 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13 and 2013–14 league titles as well as the 2010–11, 2012–13 and 2013–14 Belgian Super Cups.[6][8]

West Ham UnitedEdit

2014–15 seasonEdit

On 18 June 2014, Kouyaté signed for West Ham United on a four-year contract.[9] He made his West Ham debut on 16 August 2014 in a 1–0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. His performance was described as "impressive" by the BBC.[10] The following week, manager Sam Allardyce compared him to ex-Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira.[11] On 28 December, Kouyaté scored his first West Ham goal in a 1–2 defeat to Arsenal.[12] His second goal of the season came on 8 February 2015 in a 1–1 draw with Manchester United. His performance in the game won praise from manager Allardyce for Kouyaté's Man of the Match performance which was also singled out as the Individual Performance of the Season, by a West Ham player, at the clubs' annual awards.[13][14] He scored two further goals in the season, in a 2–2 away draw with Tottenham and in a 2–1 away defeat to Leicester City.[15][16] Kouyaté finished the season having played 31 out of a possible 38 Premier League games.[17]

2015–16 seasonEdit

On 9 August 2015, Kouyaté scored the opening goal in the 43rd minute in a 2–0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.[18] He then scored in a 4–3 home defeat to AFC Bournemouth on 22 August.[19] He scored his third goal of the season in a 2–2 draw with Norwich City on 26 September, netting the equalizer in the 90th minute to rescue a point for West Ham.[20] In March 2016, Kouyate signed a new, five-year contract with West Ham that could keep him at the club until 2021.[21] Kouyaté was sent-off twice during the 2015–16 season and on both occasions had the card rescinded by The Football Association (FA). On 21 February, he was dismissed by referee Jonathan Moss in a 5–1 FA Cup win at Blackburn Rovers, only for the card to be rescinded a few days later.[22][23] On 2 April, he was dismissed in a Premier League game at the Boleyn Ground against Crystal Palace by referee Mark Clattenburg. This too, however, was overturned a few days later.[24]

2016–17 seasonEdit

On 4 August 2016, Kouyaté scored West Ham's first ever goal at the Olympic Stadium, coming in the eighth minute of a Europa League game against NK Domžale. He also scored the second in the game, which West Ham won 3–0.[25] On 26 October 2016, Kouyaté scored the opening goal in a 2–1 EFL Cup victory against rivals Chelsea.[26] On 8 April 2017, Kouyaté scored a "stunning low 25-yard strike", as West Ham beat relegation rivals Swansea City.[27]

2017–18 seasonEdit

On 23 September 2017, Kouyaté scored his first goal of the season in a 3–2 loss against Tottenham.[28] Kouyaté's final goal for the club came on 24 November 2017, scoring the equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Leicester City.[29] Kouyaté marked the headed goal with a lowered crossed-armed celebration, designed to help raise awareness about the ongoing slavery in Libya.[30]

Crystal PalaceEdit

On 1 August 2018, Kouyaté completed a move to fellow London club Crystal Palace, for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £9.5 million.[31][32]

International careerEdit

Kouyaté was called up aged 18 to the Senegal under-20s in the same year as his RWDM Brussels debut. He scored two goals in just three games for the side in 2007.

In February 2012, Kouyaté was called up to the Senegal senior team. In the same year, he was announced to be in the squad for Senegal Olympic football team. He played in every game as Senegal's debut appearance in the tournament ended in a knockout in the quarter-final. In January 2015, he was a member of Senegal's squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, held in Equatorial Guinea.[33] Kouyaté is the current Senegalese captain. In May 2018 he was named in Senegal's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[34]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 7 December 2019[8][35]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
RWDM Brussels 2007–08 Belgian First Division 10 0 0 0 10 0
Anderlecht 2009–10 Belgian Pro League 21 1 3 1 9 0 33 2
2010–11 23 1 2 0 8 0 33 1
2011–12 38 0 0 0 10 0 48 0
2012–13 33 1 4 0 8 0 45 1
2013–14 38 1 2 0 7 0 47 1
Total 153 4 11 1 42 0 206 5
Kortrijk (loan) 2008–09 Belgian First Division 26 3 0 0 26 3
West Ham United 2014–15 Premier League 31 4 1 0 0 0 32 4
2015–16 34 5 5 0 1 0 2[a] 0 42 5
2016–17 31 1 0 0 2 1 3[a] 2 36 4
2017–18 33 2 1 0 3 0 37 2
Total 129 12 7 0 6 1 5 2 147 15
Crystal Palace 2018–19 Premier League 31 0 4 0 2 0 37 0
2019–20 Premier League 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Total 45 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 51 0
Career total 361 19 22 1 8 1 47 2 438 23
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League

InternationalEdit

As of 27 July 2019[36]
Senegal
Year Apps Goals
2012 5 0
2013 2 0
2014 5 0
2015 9 2
2016 6 0
2017 10 0
2018 9 0
2019 8 0
Total 54 2

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Senegal's goal tally first.[36]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 September 2015 Sam Nujoma Stadium, Windhoek, Namibia   Namibia 1–0 2–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 15 November 2015 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal   Madagascar 1–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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