Cheikhou Kouyate has taken plenty of stick from West Ham United fans following the club’s humbling 4-1 Premier League defeat to Swansea City on Saturday.
The midfielder was one of a number of players in claret and blue who underperformed at the Liberty Stadium as the home side ran out deserved and rampant winners.
Giving away the penalty that ultimately resulted in the Swans’ fourth goal of the afternoon typified Kouyate’s display, which overall was characterised by sloppy passing and a lack of intensity both in and out of possession.
Ki Sung-yeung gave Swansea the lead when he turned Manuel Lanzini on the edge of the area and rolled the ball across Adrian into the far corner.
It was two before the break when poor marking from Declan Rice at a corner allowed Mike van der Hoorn to nod in at the back post.
The second half got off to the worst possible start for the Hammers and again it was a corner that caused problems, with Adrian saving the initial header only to see Andy King bundle home the rebound.
And when former West Ham man Andre Ayew, who left the London Stadium in January, was clumsily felled by Kouyate in the box, it was left to his brother Jordan to confidently complete the rout from the spot.
Michail Antonio’s late strike offered scant consolation to manager David Moyes, who also lost Winston Reid in the opening period to what looked like a serious knee injury.
Whilst none of the Irons team emerged with any credit from this encounter, fans on Twitter were particularly enraged with Kouyate’s showing.
Some called for the Senegal international to be sold in the summer, whilst others questioned why he was in the side ahead of younger, seemingly hungrier players.
The best of the reaction can be found below:
Byram, creswell, noble, kouyate , all need to go, we need to spend big in the summer and make those promised ‘world class’ signings carvalho definitely one! We need a great cb and LB! A class midfielder like Lansing at least! If the board can’t deliver , they need to go… #COYI
— Brandon Lane (@Brandon_Lane16) March 3, 2018
— Christopher K (@chrisk_90) March 3, 2018
Lanzini and Hernandez have offered nothing and Kouyate looks like he’s playing on roller skates.
I’m so glad Fonte was surplus to requirements, wouldn’t have got a looking in ? #COYI
— Dave C (@BigDXXL74) March 3, 2018
2018 and we still have a midfield of Noble and Kouyate
— West Ham COYI (@TheHammers_) March 3, 2018
Literally have no midfield. Noble and Kouyate have both been absolutely abysmal
— Jack⚒ (@JackJPW_COYI) March 3, 2018
There are certain players who have a loser’s mentality at West Ham and it will never go away. They need to be sold.
Antonio (don’t care if he scored)
There’s a poisonous atmosphere at WHU and it ain’t caused by new players, the old guard have given up.
— Aidan Lonergan (@ajlonergan) March 3, 2018
Can’t blame him for the board. Doing the best he can with the team tbh. When you have a midfield with kouyate…
— giuseppe parente (@GiuseppeWhu) March 3, 2018
Kouyate can go end of the season
— R. Jones (@RockyWhu) March 3, 2018
Kouyate is a donkey. Get him off bring and Mario on at half time.
— Sam Davies WHU (@samdaviesuk) March 3, 2018
Players were dreadful. Moyes can only work with the morons he has at his disposal. Kouyate needs to be sold. New CDM brought in and another CB needed. Also probably need a RB as well, Zaba too old and no pace, Byram not good enough.
— That Guy Blake (@heavy_sunshine) March 4, 2018