Allardyce hopes former Arsenal man will get West Ham back on track

first_imgWest Ham boss Sam Allardyce is hopeful that the arrival of former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song will help improve his players, as the Hammers fell 3-1 at home to Southampton.Song joins the east Londoners on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona and Allardyce admitted he will be turning to the Cameroon international to help inspire his lacklustre stars.“He’s brilliant, but he’ll be wondering what he’s come to after watching that performance today. We’ve brought in a quality player and the players here are going to get better with him,” he said.West Ham took an early lead through Mark Noble, but two goals from wantaway Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and a strike from summer signing Graziano Pelle ensured it would be the Saints who took maximum points, leaving the Hammers boss with much to ponder.“We weren’t very good at all,” Allardyce blasted afterwards.“It’s a massive wake-up call to these guys. We were not 100 per cent today in lots of areas. When that happens, you’ve got have resilience and determination. The way Southampton got in front was not through stunning, passing football, it was through a lapse of concentration on two set-pieces that let them.“Carl Jenkinson, Matt Jarvis and James Collins need to get back and they need to be in this squad, because on today’s performance we were short.”last_img read more