Alex Song left Arsenal in 2012 for FC Barcelona. Song was signed as a defensive midfielder but spent several games deployed as a centre-back as well as in midfield. He was essentially used as a utility man and unfortunately never really cemented his place as a major figure at the Camp Nou. Song is likely to be on the move this summer with several Premier League clubs linked with a move for him, so is he worth bringing back to England?
Last season Song made just 12 starts for Barcelona domestically, making a further seven appearances as a sub. His form wasn’t bad though as he won 1.9 tackles per game and and 1.5 interceptions per game (a figure diluted by the amount of time played as sub). He also won a respectable 56% of his aerial duels. Song was also an accomplished ball player completing 92% of his passes and making an average of 45 passes per game (a figure that is again diluted by the amount of time on the field as a sub). Of players who played more than 40 passes per game last season only Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Carles Puyol completed a higher percentage of their passes.
In purely statistical terms he had a decent season but obviously struggled to make an impact in a star studded squad whereby he wasn’t good enough to feature. Song is good, but he isn’t Barcelona good. It was an odd acquisition from them in the first place. He obviously didn’t feature enough to truly read into his stats but he is a decent player and at 26 would make a good and versatile signing for a lot of Premier League clubs. Manchester United are desperate for a player like Song who can win the ball and pass it and he might be available at a decent price. This is a player who could go into his prime over the next few seasons even if he can be accused of losing his head at times (e.g. for Cameroon at the World Cup). Some reports suggest he is available on a free loan, which would be a great deal for any club that take him, particularly a club like Everton, Spurs or United, all of whom are without Champions League football and could use a player with that experience and quality. Song is energetic, physical, a good ball winner and a good distributor of the ball, a lot of teams could definitely find a role for him.