The distinguished midfielder could find it difficult to win a spot back in the Hammers’ starting XI.
With a commanding performance in beating Newcastle 2-0 last night, things are looking up for a West Ham team with big ambitions this season.
Slaven Bilic has the best Hammers squad in the recent memory at his disposal for 2015-16, with quality across the park and strength in depth to select from.
One man that opted for a return to the Boleyn Ground on transfer deadline day is Alex Song, who brings a wealth of ability and experience to the London club.
An essential member of the team last season, the Barcelona loanee will have expected to walk back into the West Ham team upon his return this time round, without disrespecting his team-mates.
However, with the inclusion of Dimtri Payet this term in the number ten role, there is only room for two central midfielders in Bilic’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
Cheikhou Kouyate and captain Mark Noble dominated affairs last night against the North East outfit and have an enviable brand of aggression and enterprise.
Although Song’s range of passing will surely be a feature that the Hammers fans will look forward to seeing soon, dropping one of the current incumbents to accommodate him will be extremely difficult for Bilic.
As such, with more quality this season, there is less dependence on Song, who no longer looks like an automatic starter for an impressive West Ham.