Although the current league campaign has so far shone a promising light on most of Slaven Bilic’s first team personnel at Upton Park this season, former Arsenal midfielder and current Barcelona loanee Alex Song has failed to capture a great deal of attention for his once captivating style of play in the Hammers squad.
The one-time Cameroonian international indeed struggled with a series of testing injury concerns towards the start of the season of course, but despite successfully returning to first team-action for West Ham of late, the 28-year-old midfielder is yet to establish himself as a genuine starter for Slaven Bilic to regularly call upon in 2015/16.
So then, with the upcoming transfer period likely to prove one of the most significant and important windows in West Ham’s entire history – given the club’s highly anticipated move to London’s Olympic Stadium next season – what does the future really hold for Alex Song?
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Whilst Song’s distinct absence from the Hammers starting XI may serve to surprise those who haven’t been regularly watching West Ham in 2015/16, the ex-Gunners favourite has seemingly been restricted to the bench this term due to the consistent reliability of both Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate in the middle of the park, as well as the recent emergence of Pedro Obiang down at the Boleyn Ground.
Although Alex Song could still theoretically earn himself a permanent deal with West Ham in the not too distant future – the Hammers’ upcoming summer capture of current Borussia Monchengladbach star, Havard Nordtveit – may possibly throw a key spanner in the works for the current Barcelona loanee.
Nordtveit represents yet another defensive midfield battler for Slaven Bilic to utilize in 2016/17, which simply doesn’t bode too well for Alex Song’s long-term future in the east-end of London. The Cameroonian star is also believed to be one of the highest earners currently on the books at Upton Park this season, so maybe the 28-year-old midfielder may have to find a new club this summer based purely on financial reasoning alone.
However, as the former Arsenal man remains within the prime stages of his footballing career, usually provides a more than positive contribution whenever handed an all-important starting opportunity with the Hammers – and could simply represent the best defensive midfielder to watch with the ball at his feet across the entire Premier League spectrum itself – surely West Ham will have to think twice before allowing Song to leave their club this summer.
This is a player who remains ridiculously composed for his team on most given occasions, his prowess in the technical department often serves to excite the Boleyn Ground faithful nine times out of ten, and via his excellent range of passing and distinct eye for a classy through-ball – few Hammers fans would ultimately want to see Alex Song leave without some kind of fight from the Upton Park hierarchy.
The 28-year-old absolutely ran Manchester City ragged when Manuel Pellegrini’s expensively assembled starting XI faced off with West Ham in a 2-2 draw down at the Boleyn Ground earlier this term after all. Song certainly helps players such as Mark Noble operate with a newfound sense of confidence in the middle of the park for West Ham – and alongside the recently revered figure of Dimitri Payet at Upon Park – Slaven Bilic’s side have often looked distinctly more entertaining with the Cameroonian firmly involved.
In the end, the former Emirates favourite hasn’t looked entirely fit this term, but as we all know how effective Alex Song can certainly prove on his day for the Hammers, it would seemingly be a great shame for West Ham to allow this technically gifted defensive midfielder to leave the east-end of London without careful consideration this summer.