Grateful Cheikhou Kouyate hails West Ham United teammates for support

West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has thanked his teammates for their support that helped him regain his best form.

The 28-year-old has endured so many injury problems from wrist to ankle problems before he was sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained in the Hammers’  2-1 defeat to Manchester City on December 3.

Since his return against Newcastle United on December 23, the former Anderlecht midfielder has been a featured regularly for the London Stadium outfit in the English Premier League – playing in nine consecutive league games.

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And Kouyate who has two goals already in 22 league appearances this season has reserved special praise for his colleagues that encouraged him in rebuilding his confidence.

“I love my teammates. Marko [Arnautovic], Arthur Masuaku and Manu [Lanzini] have helped me to get back to my top level,” Kouyate told club website.

“They spoke to me a lot and told me ‘take your confidence, you are the best’. It’s the same message from Adrian and from Jose Fonte. I know that today I am getting back to my best and I have to thank my guys.

“Marko is unbelievable, but not only on the pitch but outside the pitch, because we need people like him, like Arthur, Adrian, Manu, Jose, [Pedro] Obiang and the captain.

“I love Mark Noble, not only because he is a West Ham boy and he is the captain, but I love him because he speaks with me and he knows I had some problems, he knows everything about me and always says ‘If you need something, I’m there for you’."