Kouyaté with Anderlecht in 2011
|Full name||Cheikhou Kouyaté|
|Date of birth||21 December 1989|
|Place of birth||Dakar, Senegal|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|West Ham United|
|1996–2006||ASC Yego Dakar|
|2008–2009||→ Kortrijk (loan)||26||(3)|
|2014–||West Ham United||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Cheikhou Kouyaté (born 21 December 1989) is a Senegalese footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for West Ham United in the English Premier League. Kouyaté is a very physical player as he is known well for his pace and strength. Kouyaté moved from Senegal to Belgium in 2006, having been offered a youth contract at FC Brussels. After breaking in to the first team, he went on to play just ten appearances before moving to Belgium team Anderlecht aged 19. In June 2014, he joined West Ham United.
Kouyaté began his footballing career in 1996 in his hometown with ASC Yego Dakar and was scouted by FC Brussels in September 2006. Brussels then signed the player in January the following year. He went on to play ten league appearances for the first team between 2007 and 2008.
As Kouyaté turned 19, he left FC Brussels as his former employers did not pay him three months of wage, he subsequently moved to Belgian rivals R.S.C. Anderlecht on a four-year deal for a free transfer. He went on to making 145 league apparences for Anderlecht, scoring 3 goals in five seasons at the club. He won 4 league titles with the club, having lost out in the first season at the club, with Standard Liège beating Anderlecht in a two legged final.
West Ham United
On 18 June 2014 Kouyate signed for West Ham United on a four-year contract. Kouyaté said "I am very happy because today West Ham have given me the chance to play in the Premier League". He became West Ham's second signing before the 2014-15 season following the signing of Mauro Zarate at the end of May. He joined fellow Senegalese player Mohamed Diamé at the club.
In February 2012, Kouyaté was called up to the Senegal first team. He has currently made 11 caps. 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.
- FC BRUSSELS Players on www.rwdm-brussels.be
- Cheikhou Kouyaté moet van de rechter naar Anderlecht on www.nieuwsblad.be
- Hammers complete Kouyate transfer on www.whufc.com