10 battles won; dispossessed just once: Alex Song vital in West Ham draw

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Alex Song was a vital component for West Ham United as they drew with Manchester United at the weekend.

West Ham United will count themselves very unlucky not to have ended their match against Manchester United with all three points.

Sam Allardyce’s side were good value for their 1-0 lead – given to them by the outstanding Cheikhou Kouyate – but United ultimately sealed a point when Daley Blind scored at the death.

It was a bitter pill for the West Ham players and supporters to swallow; such had been United’s lethargy and the Hammers’ efforts. But despite seeing two points dropped there was much for Allardyce to be proud of, not least the performance of Alex Song.

The Cameroon midfielder has been nothing short of sensational since arriving on a season-long loan from Barcelona in the summer.

Against United, he lost possession on just one occasion, showing just how vital his presence is in West Ham’s midfield.

He also hustled and harried throughout, winning four interceptions, three tackles and 10 battles (nine on the ground and one in the air).

  Passing AccuracyKey PassesDuels WonAerials WonInterceptions WonTackles WonEffective ClearancesDispossessedMins Played
Alexandre Song 68% 1 9 1 4 3 5 1 90

Song also played one key pass and made five effective clearances, and while his passing accuracy of 68 per cent was below his best, the simple fact is he did what was asked of him brilliantly.

West Ham will surely want to tie the 27-year-old to a permanent deal if at all possible, but with each new performance he will surely be getting the attention of the great and the good of the game.

The thing is, the way the Hammers are playing this season, they should rightly be included among them.

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