Alex Song will need to maintain the level of performance he displayed in his man of the match display against Manchester City on Saturday evening if he is to cash in with a permanent deal at the end of the season.
Song looked to be returning to his best although some were surprised he picked up the award ahead of goalscorer Enner Valencia and inspirational Dimi Payet.
The club are monitoring Song’s performances carefully indeed but one insider said to us this afternoon “One swallow doesn’t make a summer does it?”
The Hammers have the option to buy at the end of the season and it was made clear he will need to stay at this level or better to get his deal.
Our source said: “It’s obvious the club would love to get him on a permanent deal if he can keep things going – he likes us. We like him. It’s while we even signed him to a loan deal whilst he was injured.
However, the pressure is truly on Alex and every other player as we are slowly developing into a very good top six team and in those circumstances every player has to be on his game all the time.
“We have no reason to make a decision at this stage – we will watch him, assess him and make our decision in the summer.”