When Alex Song signed for FC Barcelona last summer, the fans of his former club Arsenal were not happy at all, as they felt he was an integral player in their team, not to mention they had just sold Robin van Persie to their rivals Manchester United. The Barcelona fans, however, were fairly nonplussed, and his early performances didn’t do much to convince them that a suitable cover for the excellent Sergio Busquets had been found.
Cesc Fabregas knew the Cameroon international midfielder from his time at Arsenal, of course, and did his best to help Song feel welcome and settle in to the club and the city, but it is on the pitch where a footballer really needs to feel comfortable, and Song always seemed to be a bit nervous, possibly unsure of his role in the team. He was tried at centre back as well as his preferred position of defensive midfielder, but did not shine in either.
Song did make 34 appearances last season, but just 20 of them were in La Liga and many were as a substitute. There has been media speculation that he might be leaving the Nou Camp soon, but after his performance against Valladolid on Saturday, he seems to finally be comfortable in the Barca side.
Replacing Busquets, the 26-year old was calm and assured and always seemed to be in the right place. He looks languid, but was always on the move and broke up many a move by the visitors. However, the one stat that should prove to fans that he is a useful part of the team and fits in with the Barca style is his passing statistic. He completed 102 passes during the course of the game, which is an impressive stat on it’s own, but it was at 100 percent accuracy.
Alex Song is the only player to complete a league game without misplacing a single pass!! Welcome to Barcelona Alex.