Wesley Sneijder: Fredy Guarin Will Ease Loss of Talented Dutchman

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJanuary 21, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 15:  Fredy Guarin of FC Inter celebrates scoring the first goal during the TIM cup match between FC Internazionale Milano and Bologna FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 15, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Inter fans are going to be just as disappointed to see Wesley Sneijder leave as Galatasaray fans were excited to see him arrive

Of course, you wouldn't be able to comprehend that if you just started watching the Nerazzurri this season.

The Dutch midfielder appeared in just five Serie A contests back in September before a minor injury and the inability to solve a contract dispute kept him off the pitch for the next four months.

Still, let's not forget that Sneijder is still 28 years old and the captain of the Dutch national team. Despite the lack of recent appearances, he undoubtedly remains in his prime. 

He was, after all, a crucial part of the Inter team that became the first Italian side ever to complete The Treble less than three years ago. 

He can also still do this:

And he's one of the most dangerous long-range goal-scoring threats in the world (via Who Scored):

Wesley Sneijder: No player has had more shots on target from outside the penalty area in Serie A since August 2009 than Sneijder (80)

— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 21, 2013

For as little as Sneijder has contributed this season, his talent on the pitch will undoubtedly be missed at San Siro. 

While that all may be true, this is simply another opening for Fredy Guarin to further prove his worth on on one of biggest stages in the world.

The 26-year-old Colombian, who was signed by Inter last January, has been marvelous in Sneijder's stead so far. 

In 18 Serie A appearances (13 starts) the ultra-creative midfielder has tallied four goals and two assists. He has created a team-leading (minus Sneijder) 3.2 shots and 2.8 successful dribbles per contest. 

Overall, an average match rating of 7.23 is highly impressive for the former Porto star. 

Moreover, in four Europa League appearances, the center midfielder has been even better: one goal, four assists and an average match rating of 8.1, which is second highest in the entire competition

With Sneijder officially out of the picture, Guarin can now relax and continue to showcase his unique skill set. 

He may not be the passer that Sneijder was, but Guarin is a fantastic playmaker capable of beating any defender when he has the ball at his feet, adds loads of creativity to Inter's midfield and has shown much more consistency than when he first arrived at San Siro. 

While it will be difficult for the budding star to match Sneijder's accomplishments in Italy, Guarin has shown that he has the talent to significantly cushion the blow of the Dutchman's departure.