An Alex Song masterclass helped West Ham dispatch of Swansea City 3-1 at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday, a performance which illustrated why the club must sign him permanently.
The Barcelona loanee has been out with an injury for the past few games and was not fully match-fit against Garry Monk’s side, yet he still showed his quality with a world class display.
The fact the 27-year-old stood head-and-shoulders above everyone else on the pitch, dominating the midfield and out manoeuvring the opposition in every aspect despite not being fully fit, shows just how important he is to the Hammers and why they must get him signed permanently sooner rather than later.
The Cameroon international has been a revelation for West Ham this season and it must be fantastic for Irons fans to see such a world class talent at Upton Park, even if he is to be just passing through.
Song has put in some majestic performances over the course of the campaign already, but against Swansea he was utterly sublime. He dictated the play from the get-go and made everything look so simple, yet picked out passes that many would never spot let alone pull off.
As a defensive midfielder he is the complete player, he plugs gaps, breaks up the play and has deceptive pace to get across the pitch. But he can also offer so much going forward from this position, too, which is a testament to his class. His passing was so good against Swansea that occasionally his team-mates couldn’t react quick enough to take advantage of his astute footballing brain.
Permanent deal a must
At Barca the midfielder was under-appreciated and often unused, but while getting a decent run in the Hammers side he is recapturing his form and looking an even better player than many anticipated.
This could perhaps lead to complications for West Ham in signing him on a permanent basis, though, as the Catalan giants could turn around and decide they want to give him another chance. While other big clubs across Europe are sure to be interested too.
He must be the number one priority for the owners and Sam Allardyce – who have all stated their desire to keep him – this summer, but it may be determined by where the Hammers finish the season.
A player of Song’s calibre deserves to be playing in Europe; he is clearly enjoying life at West Ham and if they can match his ambitions then there should be no reason why a deal can’t be done.
Best Hammers player ever?
There have been some wonderful players performing in-front of the Boleyn Ground faithful in the past, but not many have been at the peak of their powers like Song is at present.
He has an air of quality about him and if he stays he will be an integral part of the club’s future. There is no doubt Allardyce could and would build a team around him, with the new stadium on the horizon too, Song can be the central figure in a new-look West Ham and lead them to uncharted success, which would make him a club legend for sure.