West Ham: Song signing is a powerful statement, says O'Brien

By Jack Pinnock on September 1, 2014 10:19 AM |


West Ham's Joey O'Brien hailed the signing of Alex Song and said it was a massive boost for the club.

Sam Allardyce has brought eight new players to the squad since the end of last season, the latest being Barcelona midfielder Song on a season long loan deal.

O'Brien said the club had done exceptionally well to bring in a player of Song's calibre and the increased competition can only be good for the squad.

"It's a smashing signing," he said. "It's a really powerful statement for the football club to bring in a player like that, and with the career he has had, he is going to add serious quality to the squad.

"I realise competition is high, it's the name of the game, but if you perform you've got a very good chance of keeping your place.

"Obviously the manager picks the players, and he picks who he thinks deserves to be playing in the team. You have to train well and perform well, and that's all you can do as a player."

O'Brien hopes the signing of Song will help his side bounce back from the latest defeat.

The defender was just as angry as the fans about the team's performance against Southampton on Saturday, after their humiliating 3-1 defeat at Upton Park.

The Republic of Ireland international said the side fully deserved what was coming after that dismal display.

And the full back added the side need to put the loss firmly behind them and focus on the next Premier League fixture, away at Hull City after the international break.

O'Brien said: "To be fair we were awful. From the start, we got exactly what we deserved. We were poor in every aspect of the game and Southampton took full advantage of that.

"However, it's about the next game, and the good thing about football is you always get second chances. The next game is against Hull, and this is the chance to put things right and put in a really good performance away from home.

"Our target of a top 10 finish is still on our agenda, nothing has changed about that. You're going to have set backs in this league. But the main thing is not to lose enthusiasm and keep going till the last game and finish in the top 10.

"We're three games into a 38 game season, we still have players to come back, it was a poor performance, and we just need to keep going and hopefully get the three points in the next game."

Under a new regime, Southampton have made a monumental amount of changes.

With new manager, Ronald Koeman finding his feet in England's top flight, and star names like Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert moving onto pastures new, the Saints did not feel disheartened, and proved they are still a competitive team, with additions such as Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle impressing.

O'Brien said although West ham thoroughly studied the opposition, on the day, the quality shone through against a West Ham side which under-performed in front of their own fans.

"We always watch the opposition before the game," he said. "They've signed some really good players, top players and they caused a lot of problems today."

With a trip to Europa League qualifiers Hull City scheduled in two weeks, the Hammers will look for a better home performance as they take on Liverpool I tree weeks time.