Kouyate hates his nickname

SakKouyateCheik Kouyate has made it quite clear that he really doesn’t like his dressibg room nickname one little bit.

The 27 year old all action ‘midfielder’ has become known as “Mr Versatile” and that’s a tag he would far sooner shed than wear.

Speaking to the official website Cheik said: “I know I am known as our Mr Versatile at the moment, but I don’t really like this title!

“Every time we don’t have a left-back, I play at left-back and every time we don’t have a right-back, I play at right-back, which is very hard!

“I prefer to play in midfield, but every time I play, whether it is there or at full-back, I will give everything for the team. I play for the team and not for myself.”


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8 comments on “Kouyate hates his nickname

  1. “I play for the team and not for myself” – I don’t think anyone would argue about that.

  2. Whenever we have used Fernandes in those positions he has done well, I am really not sure why we don’t utilise him as emergency full back he looks more than competent he is also a great passer of the ball.

  3. Fernades isn’t clever enough to fill in as right back. The lad is a real slid player, one that i like but he is still young. Kouyate has experience at a high level for country and thats why Bilic uses his him.

  4. Agree with these comments. A really key member of the squad. I just hope he doesn’t get fed up being played out of position. I love seeing hi going forward. Still don’t think we have made the best use of our potential midfield yet since Payet waddled off.i am nort sure what our ideal midfield is, but Kouyate should be in it for sure.

  5. The big thing is that when Kouyate is being used in his ‘Mr Versatile’ role – either in defence or right-back – you’re missing out on his athleticism, drive and power that he brings to midfield. The team is poorer for this and he is being used at half his true capacity.

    Why can’t we just get a decent right-back?

  6. Mame on e that is for sale, please MIchael.

  7. Don’t you think that our management has a brain? If someone out there fitted the bill, do you not think we would have gone in for them? THERE AIN’T NONE AT THIS STAGE OF THE SEASON. Please get it through your head that most teams are either trying to get promoted, in the play offs or avoid relegation. Very few players fit our criteria until seasons end. Please stop banging on about the same old thing every post. Don’t you realise how boring and predictable it has all become? Give me f##king strength. Yawn. coyi x.

  8. Byram typifies the madness of fans logic sometimes.They rant and rave about youngsters being introduced to the first team then we have an example of a young kid in Byram learning his trade in the first team and they want him replaced because he isnt good enough in their opinion.Do they really believe other youngsters wont come in and be just as green and make errors.They cant have it both ways lol

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