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Profit Players: Cheikhou Kouyate

Profit Players: Cheikhou Kouyate

West Ham supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side record a second straight Premier League win on Tuesday night.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men went into their clash with lowly Cardiff City off the back of sweeping aside Newcastle United 3-0 at the weekend, and thus seeking back-to-back league victories for the first time this season. And the Hammers managed to do just that as a brace from Lucas Perez alongside a Michail Antonio effort inspired the hosts to a 3-1 success at the London Stadium, in turn moving the East London outfit nine points clear of the division’s relegation zone.

As such, there have been many thrilled Hammers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for even more from their side given the relatively busy and successful transfer window the club had during the summer.

But it wasn’t just incomings in which the club’s hierarchy were busy, they also let some players leave, not least midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, who made the £9.63 million (as per Transfermarkt) move across the capital to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.

And given the Senegal international didn’t always convince at the Hammers, the club did very well to bag a £2.88 million profit having signed him for just £6.75 million (as per Transfermarkt) back in 2014, yet his importance to Palace in the early phase of the campaign suggests that they have also done very well out of the deal.

Ultimately, the 28-year-old went on to feature 147 times for West Ham in his four years in East London, and while there were glimpses of promise during that time, he on the whole failed to really showcase his abilities in the middle of the park.

But for a few impressive efforts in a back three, Kouyate simply didn’t give the Hammers the sort of strength needed in the middle of the park – thus, to get £9.63 million for him in the summer represented a fine piece of business.

And while there were a few raised eyebrows among some supporters that Palace were the team to land the 28-year-old, despite his unconvincing Premier League stint, it’s a move which appears to be paying off given how vital he has become under manager Roy Hodgson.

The Senegalese star may have struggled to force his way into Hodgson’s plans at the start of the campaign, but he has now started each of Palace’s last seven Premier League matches to suggest that he is now an integral member of the starting eleven – his display against Burnley at the weekend was perhaps the standout.

And with the Eagles letting Yohan Cabaye leave at the expiration of his contract during the summer, Hodgson was likely crying out for a new central midfielder who could come in and hit the ground running – Kouyate appears to have done just that.

So while West Ham were seen to have done well to get £9.63 million out of a player who often struggled at the London Stadium, Palace also look to have done well out of the deal given Kouyate’s recent form in the Eagles first team – it appears that they are both winners from Pellegrini’s call to sell the 28-year-old during the summer.

West Ham and Crystal Palace fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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