Barcelona Transfer News: 3 Reasons Alex Song Helps Barca's La Liga Title Chances

Justin Goldman@JGoldmanASUCorrespondent IAugust 22, 2012

Alex Song poses in front of Barcelona's Crest
Alex Song poses in front of Barcelona's CrestDavid Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona have been considered among the best teams in the world for a few years now. They have a star-studded cast featuring the phenomenal Lionel Messi and many more. Playing in La Liga, Barcelona face stiff competition—mainly from rivals Real Madrid.

In this year's transfer window Barcelona wanted to add to their riches, and they acquired Alex Song, formally from Arsenal. It appears Barcelona are making moves to solidify their chances at winning the La Liga title.

Song brings some skills to Barcelona. From his defensive midfielder position, Song displayed great passing ability and strong on-ball ability. He plays well with possession and is a feisty player in the middle.

Song can get a little lackadaisical in midfield as he often ventures out of position, but Barcelona is arguably the most complete team in the world, and they should be able to mask any deficiencies.

Barcelona figures to be an improved team with Alex Song now in the picture.


Song Is Excellent in the Counterattack

Alex Song is excellent in turning his stout defensive play at midfield into attacking offense for his squad. He plays great through-balls and often looks to get his teammates involved.

He can also do it out of multiple positions, something that might be a necessity, as Barcelona feature Sergio Busquets at Song's defensive midfielder position.

But Song will fight for his position, and he has the tools to be successful. Barca plays a similar style to Arsenal, which should help with Song's transition to his new club.


Added Depth

Depth may have been Barcelona's biggest reason for transferring for Song. It holds true in every sport—you can never have enough depth. With Song now at CDM, Barcelona have three possible options in the center. Busquets and Dos Santos both figure to see action in the middle, and if any of the three are playing poorly, another is waiting to step in.

Song has even claimed he is ready to do what is needed by the club, and in his debut press conference he was quoted as saying "I am ready to play wherever the coach needs me." The transfer to Barca appears to have Song in high spirits, and it could turn into a great transfer for both parties.


Song Is a Fantastic Defender

In his time with Arsenal, Song developed into one of the better CDMs in the world. He often outplayed opposing center-attacking midfielders and kept them in check. Song plays with incredible energy, and you can almost always see him patrolling the midfield. He covers ground quickly and has the speed to make up any mistake he may make.

Barcelona sports director Andoni Zubizarreta summarized the signing by saying they brought in Song because "he is a player who is good in the air, is physically powerful and tactically astute." He also said the goal was to find a guy, in this case Song, who "could play as a centre-back after the exit of Seydou Keita." It appears they have found exactly what they were looking for.


Song should be a centerpiece at Barcelona, and at only 24 years old he still has a lot of great football ahead of him. Barca have made a move that solidifies them with the best in football, they can compete with any team any day, and the signing of Alex Song pushes an already great team over the top.