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- Club: Arsenal
- Age: 23
- Nationality: Cameroonian
Alex Song only cost £1 million, and he’s developed into a player who has the potential to become a world class defensive midfielder.
Yet during the season, it seemed Song craved a more attacking role. In a way, it was almost as if he was trying to tell Arsène Wenger that he can play as an attacking midfielder.
Perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, given maybe Song wants to play in a role akin to Arturo Vidal at Bayer Leverkusen.
Vidal runs around often with disregard to his position, makes crunching tackles, bolts into both defensive and attacking halves and scores and creates.
Except Vidal has defensive cover in Simon Rolfes, whereas Song is the defensive cover for Arsenal.
Song has to understand that he bolts up forward when Arsenal turn over possession. When the opposing team cuts straight through the middle and exposes someone as clumsy as Laurent Koscielny—whose fault is it?
Song needs to exercise more positional awareness, he needs to improve his football IQ and most importantly, he needs to understand the role of a defensive midfielder.
He has all the traits to become a world class defensive midfielder, except at times, he doesn’t seem to want to play the position.