Southampton's Mario Lemina tries to tackle West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate
Friday Apr 20, 2018. 17:31
Senegal international Cheikhou Kouyate has praised his West Ham United team-mate Marko Arnautovic.
Arnautovic, who joined the club from Stoke City last August, has been the Hammers' most outstanding player in the English Premier League (EPL) this season.
The Austria international has netted nine goals in 26 league appearances and he is one of the reasons why the Hammers are six points above the relegation zone.
“Marko is an unbelievable guy. He is a great player and he is here for us through good and bad," Kouyate told club website.
"We could be down without Marko because he has scored so many goals for us, he is on fire.
"I love this guy - he is a great player, he speaks to everyone and makes us laugh. He is a teammate," the central midfielder continued.
"When everything is not good, he is here and when you are in a bad moment you need guys like Marko. This is why I love this man.
"I think it's possible he can score another six or seven goals before the end of the season. He has good feelings and has everything he needs to do it."
West Ham will take on Arsenal FC in a league game at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.