Allardyce suggests what will happen if Alex Song re-joins West Ham

Former West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce feels Slaven Bilic is also facing a challenge over how his key new players settle in.

Former West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels Alex Song is in for a better year, if he re-joins the Hammers for a second season.

Song spent time on loan with West Ham last season and current manager Slaven Bilic has been quoted by London24 explaining that he’s keen for the midfielder to stay at the club.

Allardyce has also suggested that there is a real challenge for Bilic and the club, with several new players joining and whether they will have the same impact as new faces he brought to the club in his final campaign with the side.

“I expect it to be, if he does sign, a lot, lot better this season because I think the pace of the Premier League caught up with him – They seem to be spending a lot of money abroad again and whether they settle in this country like they did last year, will be another defining factor for Slaven,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.

What does Song offer to West Ham?

Song isn’t a massively flamboyant player and is someone who will go about doing the dirty work in midfield.

He’s a simple player, looks to break up the play as quickly as possible and someone who always looks for the simple pass rather than overcomplicating things.

He’s also experienced and disciplined, which means he can hold his role in the middle of the team, releasing more productive and creative players to get further forward.

A problem for the Hammers

There is a potential problem for the Hammers if they complete a deal for him in the respect that he’s suffering from an ankle injury, which requires surgery according to the Daily Mirror.

That means the player missing the start of the upcoming season, but the club have already signed a player in the form of Pedro Obiang who can do a similar role for the team.

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