West Ham are, according to an Italian outlet, set to reignite their interest in Sampdoria’s Pedro Obiang in the summer.
The east London outfit are reportedly reluctant to sign Barcelona loanee Alex Song on a permanent deal with reservations held over his dip in form, and Obiang has been identified as a possible alternative.
Stick or twist?
Song had an incredible impact at Upton Park with his experience and performances lifting the whole team onto another level, however since Christmas the Hammers have won just two Premier League matches and the Cameroonian's displays have been average at best.
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He has gone from a player West Ham must sign to someone that could potentially be a bit of a gamble; at his best he’d get into most side’s, but at his worst he becomes a passenger that poses more problems than benefits.
This had led the club back to Obiang, whom they were linked with as recently as November, but as a player with no experience in the English game he could also be a risk.
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Statistics don't lie
When comparing the two player’s statistics for their respective club’s this season it appears that the young Spaniard comes out on top.
In 25 appearances for Sampdoria the defensive midfielder has been superb all-round, scoring three goals, claiming one assist, creating 23 chances and with a passing accuracy of 81%. The 22-year-old also averages three tackles per match, two interceptions and two clearances.
Song, on the other hand, is yet to score in 22 appearances in a West Ham shirt, has one assist, 20 chances created and a passing accuracy of 76%. His defensive stats are remarkably similar to Obiang’s and the only area that he betters him is in completed dribbles per game (two).
Potential to improve
Obiang is a powerful, athletic midfielder that patrols the holding midfield zone brilliantly, while also providing a valuable contribution at the other end of the pitch, too.
The fact he is five years younger than Song suggests the Hammers may get more for their money as he would be someone they could build the team around ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.
He’s still learning the game and clearly has a lot to give, while Song’s performances at times reflect someone who is lacking motivation which is not what West Ham want looking forward with their lofty European ambitions needing to be fulfilled.
Song’s hefty wage demands may also be a deciding factor in the club looking elsewhere, his second half of the season displays have not warranted the huge £80,000 weekly pay packet that he receives. Also, Barcelona expect at least £15million for him.
Obiang would likely be cheaper not only in transfer fee, but also wages, and he looks the more attractive option from both a business and footballing perspective.
Do you think West Ham should stick with Alex Song or turn their attentions to Pedro Obiang instead? Have your say in the comments section below!