Crystal Palace appeared desperate to bring in Lille captain Ibrahim Amadou on Deadline Day but may well be able to secure a solid alternative from the free agent market in the shape of former Arsenal man Alex Song.
Admittedly, the Cameroon international wouldn’t have been Roy Hodgson’s first choice to fill the gap Amadou would have filled for the Eagles but when you consider the fact that the ex-Barcelona man is still only 30, it surely represents a viable short-term option for us in the battle against the drop.
Most recently on the books of Rubin Kazan, Alex has his contract terminated by mutual consent a week or so ago and has been training with the Arsenal squad since in a bid to secure a new employer.
Standing at 6’1 and capable of playing in central midfield or defence just like the aforementioned Amadou, Song would surely command a place in or around the Palace starting XI once he got himself up to speed in training, giving us another willing body until May at the very earliest when a possible move for the Lille captain can be revisited.
There will of course be plenty of Palace fans who remain sceptical about the thought of bringing in a free agent following our difficulties in the January window but from what West Ham fans have told me about his time on loan with them, he remains an extremely competent first-team option for any club in our current position. Is it a long-term proposal? No. Can we afford to be picky with a squad that has been so badly impacted by injuries? Not in my view.
I’ll be the first to admit that I would rather we had sourced a younger and more widely coveted option over the course of the transfer window but given the bind we find ourselves in, I have no hesitation in saying that Alex Song looks to be the undoubted best option for us on a short-term basis.
All I’m left wondering now is whether or not Roy Hodgson agrees with my point of view.