Wesley Sneijder: Highlighting What Dutch Star Would Bring to Tottenham Hotspur
Dutch footballer Wesley Sneijder could soon be on his way to London to join the Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur. The Inter Milan midfielder is ready to move on and has reportedly agreed to a deal, according to CNN Italian correspondent Tancredi Palmeri via Twitter:
Here the big market news:Sneijder agreed deal with Tottenham,and ready to move London asap.Waiting for Inter and Spurs to agree terms— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) December 25, 2012
With Sneijder to London looking like a very real possibility now, let's take a minute to break down what the 28-year-old brings to the table.
He doesn't boast the long stride that taller players have, and he may not possess the speed that takes him from one end to the other in a hurry. But he is a gifted, agile athlete, and one that excels in situations that require quickness and short bursts of speed.
Sneijder's reaction time and balance allow him to make sensational plays in small space.
Whether he's dodging an oncoming defender or shaking free for a shot on goal, his quickness makes him a world-class midfield talent.
But his accuracy extends beyond his shooting. His passing is also rarely off target, as evidenced by his 39 assists in less than four full seasons with Inter.
Sneijder is a complete midfielder, and his accuracy sets him apart from the rest. His vision as both a scorer and a playmaker make him a threat from anywhere in the attacking third.
He can play with both feet, possess the ball in traffic and win it back on defense thanks to his deceiving power. A lot of times people forget about Sneijder's physical prowess because of his size, but if you watch him fend off opponents and muscle the ball away, you'll quickly understand.
Versatility is vital to being a world-class player. It's not enough to excel as a shot-taker in midfield—you must also be able to create for others, possess and defend. Sneijder can do all four, and that's what he would bring to Spurs in 2013.
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