Breaking Down How Wesley Sneijder Would Fit with Tottenham at White Hart Lane

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Breaking Down How Wesley Sneijder Would Fit with Tottenham at White Hart Lane
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How would Wesley Sneijder fit in with Tottenham?

The Dutch attacking midfielder looks all but certain to be exiting Inter Milan at some point this month as contract disputes have relegated him to the bench.

With Spurs currently sitting third in the Premier League, there is a distinct possibility that Sneijder could land at White Hart Lane, especially given that the player limited his search to top Premier League sides.

Assuming Spurs find a way to lure him to London, the obvious question that would arise is what Sneijder could bring to Tottenham and vice versa.

To answer this, one need look no further than the club's weaknesses and Sneijder's strengths.

Throughout the roller coaster ride that has been Spurs' Premier League campaign thus far, the missing ingredient for the North London club has been a cutting edge in the final third. While winger Gareth Bale has put on masterful displays and striker Jermain Defoe started the season hot, any supporter could tell you that the club's goal tally hasn't been a perfect reflection of their play.

Further, the loss of Emmanuel Adebayor to the African Cup of Nations, leaving Defoe as the only recognized striker in the side, merely compounds the problem for the next month or so.

This problem can be traced to the summer sales of Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart, both of whom provided the side with a creative flare in picking apart opposing defenses.

While the likes of Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson were brought in to be the attacking force that Spurs sold away, both have disappointed in their brief time at the Lane. While Dempsey has shown signs of turning around his form, Spurs' acquisition of Lewis Holtby suggests that they are ready to explore more options at the position.

At his best, Sneijder would be a massive upgrade at that position.

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In 2010, the Dutchman showed just how good he can be, leading his Inter Milan side to a treble and earning joint top scorer in leading his Netherlands team to the brink of the World Cup title.

Since then, though, Wesley has struggled at Inter, failing to lead them to anywhere near the heights of the treble he helped manufacture.

While Sneijder's poor run must be noted, though, his inability to recreate his 2010 form may be traced back to the departure of manager Jose Mourinho, whose system he thrived in. Given that Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was the assistant under Mourinho, this could be a good sign for the Dutchman's prospects at the Lane.

Given his roles at both Inter Milan and the Netherlands in 2010, Sneijder would fit in perfectly at White Hart Lane, replacing Dempsey in the middle and playing in behind Defoe as Moussa Dembele, Scott Parker and/or Sandro sit in the hole behind him.

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Obviously, the chance for first-team play in an aspiring club will be an alluring factor for the 28-year old  Sneijder as he looks to make a final mark on the world of football.

If he could reproduce his 2010 form, Sneijder would be well worth whatever money Tottenham might pay for him and would greatly improve the side.

However, that is a big "if" for the Dutchman seeing as he has failed to reproduce that form in the past two years.

 

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