By Will Butcher
West Ham fans have criticised Cheikhou Kouyate’s performance on Twitter after he struggled to impress on the right side of defence.
Kouyate, 27, is currently featuring on the right side of defence for the Hammers, despite Sam Byram returning to the bench following a long-term hamstring injury.
Senegal captain Kouyate conceded the penalty that saw Watford open the scoring in just the third minute, as he was caught on the wrong side of Mauro Zarate before bundling him over.
His lack of discipline continued in the second half for an overzealous challenge on Watford speed machine M’Baye Niang, which saw Kouyate receive a yellow card.
West Ham fans were disappointed on Twitter with Kouyate’s performance, as he struggled to remain solid in his unfamiliar position despite seeing out the entire match. Some even called for Bilic to revert Kouyate to his natural position of central midfield.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Too many players out of position, kouyate doing his best Antonio impression.
— tdCOYI🇨🇦 (@td67coyi) February 25, 2017
Kouyate is not a FB. When will we sign one. Always needed one.
— Rob Robinson (@billrobinsonwhu) February 25, 2017
SLAV PLEASE PUT KOUYATE IN THE MIDDLE!!!!
— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) February 25, 2017
Antonio is not a striker @davidgold but don't worry we have cover in that position.
Kouyate not a RB but again we have cover 🤔
— Leon Burgess (@leonroseuk_leon) February 25, 2017
Kouyate calm down…
— ♖ Mr⚒Brownstone ♖ (@axlrose2nd) February 25, 2017
Antonio playing as our striker is covering for Kouyate playing as our right back says it all really
— Dale (@WHU_Dale) February 25, 2017
Kouyate is by far our best midfielder. Why oh why is he at full back. Play Byram at rb!
— Always Hammered… (@Stevie066) February 25, 2017
This season, Kouyate has made 25 league and cup appearances at both right-back and central midfield, scoring three goals against NK Domzale and Chelsea.
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