Alex Song is back in training and should be playing again for the Hammers inside the next month, and his return has been one of the joys that West Ham fans have been looking forward to.
He showed his exceptional ability last season whilst with the the East London side, and was at times one of the best midfielders in the Premier League last season, and many suggested that he would be West Ham’s most important player when he signed the season long loan at the Boleyn Ground.
That was a wise assessment to make considering his influence last term, but just a few months later, and with Song’s return on the horizon, it is almost impossible to suggest how the Cameroonian midfielder will get into the team.
Slaven Bilic’s side are flying high in third place in the Premier League table, and every single player who has turned out this season has had a positive impact.
Song would be vying for a role in the midfield positions, with the current selections being two of Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang, and, if needed, Reece Oxford.
At the start of the season, Song would have easily taken the claim as the best option of all those midfielders, but now, it is hard to see where he fits in.
Noble and Kouyate have done exceptionally well, and with Obiang proving his Premier League talent, he is certainly an able back-up. There have been calls that Noble deserves to be dropped, but he is captain of the side, and whilst his passing may be wayward at times, he passion and work rate goes unmatched in the Hammers squad.
Song has undoubted Premier League talent, but he is behind his rival players considering he has missed the opening months of the season.
His signing might have been lauded over the summer, but right now, the Cameroonian midfielder looks as if he will be spending his immediate return to fitness as nothing more than a fourth choice midfielder - in a team that has only two midfield places available.