West Ham have done some of the most business in this past transfer period with some quality additions to help the team reach higher heights in the Premier League.
One of the biggest shocks of the transfer window was the recruiting of Alex Song from Spanish giants Barcelona. It has been seen as something of coup for the Hammers. who fought off interest from clubs competing in the Champions League to convince Song to sign up to their East End project.
So here’s a list of six reasons why he can help bring success to West Ham this season…
It’s a cliché but you almost always hear it said about new transfers “he’s going to take a while to adapt to the Premiership”, well for Alex Song that shouldn’t be a problem.
Having already experienced life as a Premiership player the former Arsenal man has the perfect experience to slide right in, needing less time than other signings to adjust to the league’s unrelenting pace and physicality.
Although this World Cup ended in shame for the Cameroonian he’s been there and done it on the biggest of stages. Admittedly Cameroon didn’t even make it out of their group but he’s also represented his county in numerous African Cup Of Nations.
That sort of experience is invaluable and brings with it leadership skills which can never be underestimated under Sam Allardyce’s reign. West Ham need to recruit more top class players like him to reach that upper echelon of football. Just imagine European football up at the Olympic Stadium.
Song actually has all of the attributes to play the role of midfield architect in Sam Allardyce’s team. Willing to be amongst the winners so bad he has often shown a level of versatility that will only benefit his new teammates.
Comfortable in a variety of different positions across midfield from a deeper role to an advanced role or even if need be in defence. His versatility will be key to bringing West Ham success this season.
For the majority of his time at Barcelona Alex Song was a fringe player. Constantly on the sidelines, playing out of position in defence or getting a cameo role as a substitute. He will be desperate to rebuild his career and his hunger will benefit Big Sam and the Upton Park fans no end.
As much as there is an abundance of skill in the new crop of players – the return of Ravel Morrison and Mauro Zarate – the former Barcelona man’s talent is sure to shine through. He will now be looked upon as a seasoned veteran and they will benefit from learning from a player with Champions League experience.
With Mohamed Diamé moving on to Hull City the West Ham midfield is looking a little frail. The signing of the Cameroonian is a sure upgrade to that of Diame as he will provide strength as well as be a commanding presence.
Many of the top teams have a strong anchorman to hold the ball and to break up play. Song’s adequate physicality in the middle of the park will make him somewhat of a leader on the field that Kevin Nolan will benefit from.
With the amount of firepower brought in this summer the Hammers will need a top quality playmaker to feed those balls through.
Remember if it weren’t for Alex Song Manchester United would have never looked to recruit the flying Dutchman. The partnership Song and Robin Van Persie had at Arsenal gifted the Premiership with some of its best ever goals.
I’m sure Andy Carroll is salivating at the opportunity to link up with his new teammate and make some Match Of The Day highlights.