Stat's a Fact - Cheik's hot streak

Cheikhou Kouyate has scored four goals in his last eleven games for the Hammers. We examine how and why here.

Cheikhou Kouyate’s goal at Leicester City on Saturday was his fourth of the season for the Hammers – and his fourth in his last eleven appearances.

After a goalless first 14 games in claret and blue, the Senegal international has found his touch in front of goal with a streak that could have yielded even more goals on Saturday.

As well as his 32nd minute strike, which beat Kasper Schmeichel to bring the Hammers level at 1-1, he brought an outstanding save from the Dane with a shot from outside of the box and struck the post after combining superbly with Diafra Sakho.

Four league goals is the tally the 25-year-old scored for his previous club Anderlecht in a total of 153 games, so this run of four in eleven is certainly new for Kouyate.

So why has he suddenly started to contribute in a goalscoring sense? Part of his total at Anderlecht can be explained by the fact he spent much of his time with the Belgian club as a centre back, but he has shown a great composure in front of goal since moving to the Barclays Premier League.

After breaking his goalscoring duck with a deflected header against Arsenal just before the New Year, Kouyate showed what he can do against Manchester United, controlling superbly, before juggling the ball and drilling past David de Gea on the turn.

A powerful header against Tottenham Hotspur after making a burst into the box from midfielder was his third goal, before on Saturday he watched Alex Song’s clipped pass onto his chest, controlled and prodded past Schmeichel.

It took his tally to four goals from 23 shots for West Ham, and Hammers fans will be hoping for more of the same over the final seven games of the campaign.

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