West Ham United have done exceptionally well this season, Sam Allardyce has changed the entire feeling at the club thanks to a lot of smart buys who have clicked. Credit also has to be given to the way West Ham play and with that comes interest for their players, especially for the players they just signed.
One player is being linked with a move away from the Boleyn Ground and it is not one of the South American imports who have done so well for the club, it is Alex Song, yes the Barcelona and Arsenal man who is being linked with a move to Liverpool football club.
Now Liverpool have had a bit of a history with West Ham and defensive midfielders, everyone remembers Liverpool signing Javier Mascherano from West Ham United and how well he did for the club after he left London. Alex Song has had a revival at West Ham United and a move away to Liverpool could be the thing which could help both him and Liverpool in their search for European football.
The right man but at what cost
Alex Song had signed a 5 year deal for Barcelona and was often deployed as a centre back which never was his best position. He should be allowed to play in the centre of midfield in a deep role, though he isn’t as explosive going forward he still can enforce the midfield from deep and also he has decent passing range.
That was what he did in his final season at Arsenal, playing in midfield and helping the team out in breaking attacks, he was there at the right time to always snuff out chances and start an attack. Although he does play deep, he is not as good a tackler as Javier Mascherano is, make no mistake, that is why he didn’t do so well as a centre back while Mascherano has learned to play in that position for both Barcelona and Argentina.
The major problem for Liverpool in signing Alex song would be his concentration; he doesn’t always pay attention to the game and often gets caught out by players making runs. Remember the World cup? He was caught out time and again which led to one of the most bizarre dismissals when Song hammer fisted Mario Mandzukic.
Another issue that Liverpool would need to fret about is the valuation of the player, Song would still have 2 years left on his current Barcelona contract and they would be looking to make a profit on the player. Alex Song probably does not have a future at Barcelona but he could be making the right moves on the pitch for West Ham to ensure he secures the right move away from the Catalan club and maybe move to Merseyside.
Song would fit perfectly into the Liverpool system of playing passes and creating chances from midfield. He would fit in properly especially since Liverpool have now deployed wing backs to assist in attack, whatever happens at the end of the season, Alex Song at least has regained his respect back for his performances at West Ham.