West Ham ace James Tomkins claims Alex Song 'was unbelievable' last season

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James Tomkins is a fan of West Ham's move to re-sign Alex Song.

West Ham defender James Tomkins has told the club's official website that the move to re-sign Alex Song is 'great' following his 'unbelievable' start to last season.

Song, 27, spent last season on loan at Upton Park having failed to make an impact with Spanish giants Barcelona, but his campaign was a tale of two different players.

In the first half of the season, the former Arsenal star was superb for West Ham. Song ran the show in midfield, dominating the opposition and providing defence splitting passes for the Hammers attack.

However, the Cameroonian powerhouse then struggled in the second half of the season, becoming sloppier with his passing and having much less of an impact on games.

After a long summer of confusion over his future having returned to parent club Barcelona, Song is now back at Upton Park having penned another season-long loan spell with West Ham.

Song joined Victor Moses, Michail Antonio and Nikica Jelavic in joining the Hammers on deadline day a week ago, and team-mate Tomkins has now hailed his arrival in an interview with the West Ham official website.

"If we can get him playing like we did when he started here last year he was unbelievable," said Tomkins. "He comes here with massive experience and hopefully he can do the same with us."

"He knows the Club and it is a great for us that we managed to sign him. The squad is looking much bigger and stronger now," he added.

Song will now compete with the likes of Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate for a regular place in Slaven Bilic's midfield, but his vast experience in the Premier League makes him arguably West Ham's best option in the middle of the park.

If Bilic can get the best out of Song - as Sam Allardyce did for the first half of last season - then this deal will be as good as Tomkins believes it is.

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