Should West Ham keep Song beyond the end of the season?

The on-loan midfielder has struggled to make much of an impact

Alex Song’s second loan spell in east London is drawing to a close – but should West Ham make the move permanent?

It’s a tough decision for the club considering the 28-year-old has found it hard to make even half the impression he did in the first half of his first spell on loan from Barcelona. Th e Cameroonian has only made a handful of appearances this season, partly down to his injuries but more so to the form of those playing the central midfield roles.

With Mark Noble having his finest season to date captaining the club, the sheer powerhouse of Cheikhou Kouyate and the criminally underrated Spaniard Pedro Obiang, it’s difficult to say whether or not Song is a necessity of a signing or if he would be a good squad player to have. If anything this is a testament to the squad we are building that should we sign Song in the summer, it will not be seen as a marquee signing as his loan-signing originally was, but would now simply be that of a good squad signing.

What is abundantly clear though is that having Song in a midfield where he has Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet in front of him is a seriously mouth-watering prospect given the link-up play we have seen between the trio as recently as the 5-1 win in the FA Cup win at Ewood Park. Ultimately it will likely come down to the clubs and the fi nances behind the move.

Song clearly has no future at Barcelona, but the interest which stirred up proposed moves elsewhere during his original loan-spell have died down, leaving us as the only viable option for regular football. If the club are able to wrangle an agreement with Barcelona and we can get Song for a feasible wage then we should go for it.

He seems happy here and comes across as a heavily-embedded character within the squad and is passionate about the club. For me, as long as Song knows he isn’t a guaranteed starter, and his wages won’t have a knock-on effect for the club when attempting their other marquee signings in the summer, then we’d be foolish not to take him on board permanently. Who knows, we could need extra midfielders for European football next year if we finish the season well.

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