Cameroonian defender and free agent Rigobert Song’s Premier League salad days may have long expired, but his perpetually influential nature and domineering presence on the pitch would certainly be treasured at club aiming to reach the heights of the Reds.
Specifically, there are isolated rumours of high flying Cardiff City signing Song within the next few weeks, as The Bluebirds may look to blend a deadly combination of experience and wisdom with youth and virility.
To those who have forgotten, Song joined Liverpool halfway through the 1998/99 season, his debut coming in a 2-1 defeat at Highfield Road against Coventry City. Although his arrival coincided with Liverpool’s joint worst Premier League finish of 7th, fans quickly took to Song on account of his strength and coolness under pressure (of which there was a lot that season) and even succeeded getting his own song, the imaginative “We’ve only got one Song, we’ve only got one Song!”
In his second season, Song’s form remained consistent and Liverpool finished 4th in a Champions League near-miss. But it went downhill from there, and after making only four appearances in the 2000/01 season, Song was transferred to West Ham in November 2000, with then hot Finnish prospect Daniel Sjölund going the opposite way. A loan spell at Köln followed a year later, and after playing for Galatasaray (2004-2008) and Trabzonspor (2008-2010), found himself over the hill and on the scrap-heap.
Sceptical comments and viewpoints are inevitable, but the possibility of Song in a sweeper role to assist the midfield and (ultimately) the Craig Bellamy led attack is encouragingly reminiscent of Brian Clough’s system of play which led a Second Division Derby County to a 22 game unbeaten run in 1968. Upon signing, the aging Dave Mackay had a mixed reception, but was successfully employed in the sweeper role, leading Derby to the title.
Whatever neutrals and Cardiff fans make of this, a transfer such as this is certainly be an eye catcher, and would undoubtedly avert a few eyes momentarily away from the Premiership. Cardiff City are once again looking every inch the promotion contenders, and it is vital to the future of the club that the young charges who currently show much potential are honed and mentored in the right way.
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