Cheikhou Kouyate has signed a lucrative new West Ham contract

By Emma Sanders

Cheikhou Kouyate has revealed West Ham’s relegation battle is causing him “stress” and he “has not been sleeping well” following a poor start to the Premier League campaign.

The Hammers currently sit in 15th position and are just four points off the relegation zone despite producing a number of impressive displays.

Kouyate admitted he isn’t used to a relegation battle and the position of his team seems to have taken him by surprise after he revealed the effect it is having on his health.

“It is the first time I have been in a relegation scrap and it is not nice. You are stressed a lot more playing, but also following the results of the other teams at the bottom of the table,” said Kouyate, as reported by the Mirror.

“I hope we get out of it quickly because I have to admit, I have not been sleeping well recently.”

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The 26-year-old started in West Ham’s 1-0 victory against Burnley on Wednesday evening as they secured three points in a crucial clash against the 13th placed side.

It was just their fourth victory in 16 Premier League fixtures but followed a hugely encouraging 2-2 draw against Jurgen Klopp’s high-flying Liverpool side on Sunday.

West Ham will host relegation-battlers Hull City in their next league clash on Saturday and three points could see them move seven points clear of the drop zone.

Kouyate will be unavailable for the Hammers in January as he is set to depart for the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal, alongside teammates Andre Ayew and Sofiane Feghouli who are also expected to take part in the competition.

In other West Ham news, this is the expected starting XI to take on Hull.