Alex Song has been a key figure in West Ham’s incredible season so far but recently he has displayed some of the qualities that saw him flop at Barcelona.
The Cameroonian joined the Hammers in the summer on a season-long loan from the Catalan giants and has been a revelation in a holding midfield role. While in Spain he was used very sparingly and often from the bench. His miserable time at the Camp Nou was summed up when he was voted the ‘flop of the season’ by a Catalan newspaper.
POOR IN POSSESSION
Despite Song’s incredible start to life in east London, where he has at times looked an even better player than when he made his name at Arsenal, his form has been questionable of late.
Since returning from an injury the 27-year-old has not looked the same player and, as much as it pains me to say it, he has been sloppy in possession. Song’s quality on the ball and ability to pick out a pass are his best attributes by far, however in West Ham’s recent FA Cup tie against Bristol City he was poor throughout, consistently misplacing passes and needlessly giving the ball away.
Furthermore, against City his all-round energy levels were not up to the mark and he lacked commitment when tracking back to do his defensive duties.
This was also the case in the Hammers' last Premier League match against Hull City, which they won 3-0, and in their thrilling cup tie with Everton before that where Song made his return from injury playing 60 minutes.
His concentration and desire just hasn’t been present in those matches and it has been detrimental to his contribution to the team.
NEEDS TO REFIND FORM
In Barcelona there is no room for inconsistency, but the Hammers should be patient in the knowledge that Song has immense quality which improves the team and their chances of victory incredibly when he’s on his game.
But, if the Hammers successful season is to continue thriving they will need him to get back to his best sooner rather than later.