Is Song the Missing Link in Midfield?
A young man has developed into a vital cog in our team, this man has been slated by fans and pundits in the past, but now we pull our hair when Wenger does not pick him. The player in question in Cameroon international, Alexandre Song.
Wenger bought Song from Bastia, had him on loan for a season and eventually paid €3.5million for him, so he saw something in Song back then. The problem with all Arsenal players is that we buy them so young, thrust them into the first team action and expect them to perform like world beaters from the outset. Other clubs buy youngsters, play massive fees and ease them in gradually, look at Manchester United and Zoran Tosic, a £13million buy in January who will be a peripheral figure for the next two seasons at Old Trafford.
Song was a dilemma for Arsene, a centre back or central midfielder. This affected Song too, as his early performances were woeful.
This season Arsene has picked him in central midfield and he has had time to establish himself. At the outset both him and Denilson looked completely lost in midfield, but recently he has turned things around and Song has been outstanding in recent weeks and he is finally showing us why Arsene made such a fuss about him, whilst others were cast dispersions in his ability to make it in the Premier League.
Alex’s qualities are there for all to see. In the mould of Vieira he is big, strong and athletic. He tackles well and wins his fair share of headers. He likes to come forward, but does not possess the skill to run past opponents or open teams up with a killer pass. Alex is statring to harrass players and not let himself be brushed aside easily. He reaslises his responsibilities and is ensuring that he protects the defence as much as possible. What he needs to learn is when to go forward and when to sit back.
My only concern is that no matter how well Song is playing at the moment, he has not convinced me that he is a player who we have been looking for to step in and become Fabregas’ partner in midfield. He is suitable as a squad player.
In the summer I hope Arsene takes a long hard and truthful look at the season and realises that we need another central midfielder. Song, Denilson and Diaby are satisfactory, but they have not yet developed into dominant players. Last summer we tried to buy Alonso, Toure, Inler and Velosso, nothing has changed in our central midfield to say we do not want one of these players this summer.