West Ham United’s revival under new manager David Moyes suffered a blow on Saturday after they were defeated by Newcastle United at home in the English Premier League.
The match started superbly at the London Stadium for the Hammers, with Marko Arnautovic netting in the sixth minute. However, the Magpies equalised just minutes later through Henri Saivet, before rushing to a 3-1 lead early in the second half thanks to Mohamed Diame and Christian Atsu.
The home side tried their best to get back into the match and pulled one back when Andre Ayew smashed home, but they couldn’t find the vital third, ending their impressive run under Moyes. The Irons were undefeated in their previous three top-flight matches.
Fans were frustrated with the performance, especially from their midfield, with Cheikhou Kouyate receiving sharp criticism for an ineffective display.
Some are even calling for him to be sold in January.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Kouyate was awful again today. It was like playing with ten men. We paid for our complacency, just thought we could turn up & roll over Newcastle. Needs to be drilled into players that these teams are also fighting for their lives. Need to be at it every game. #whufc #westham
— ⚒ Gary Mills ⚒ (@GaryMillsy) December 23, 2017
Kouyate offers absolutely nothing to our team at the moment. #WHUFC
— Arron White (@ArronWhite) December 23, 2017
Kouyate & Carroll need to go….bring in Wilshere, Carvalho and a striker #COYI
— 父 Steve 父 (@steve_whufc7) December 23, 2017
— Arne Bartholomeus (@arneb_) December 23, 2017
— sanya (@sanyakuus) December 23, 2017
Come to the conclusion that Kouyate is actually the weak link.
— Iron in the Blood (@WestHamBlood) December 23, 2017
Kouyate has to be dropped, the bloke is a complete disgrace
— alex light (@alex_light1) December 23, 2017
If Noble isn’t back for Boxing Day then it is a no-brainer that Declan Rice starts ahead of Kouyate
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) December 23, 2017
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