Wesley Sneijder's career will get a nice boost with his transfer from Inter Milan to Galatasaray.
This move has been speculated upon for a while, and on Tuesday it became official. ESPN UK broke the news:
TRANSFER: Wesley Sneijder's deal to join Galatasaray from Inter has been officially completed.— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) January 22, 2013
Contract disputes with the Nerazzuri expedited his departure from the club. Fox Sports reports that Sneijder would have had to agree to a pay cut to stay with Inter Milan.
While he might not have been living up to his contract with Inter Milan, he is still a superb talent. He will be a huge boost to Galatasaray's attack.
Sneijder can drop a ball on a dime. This makes him a lethal passer and goal scorer. His accuracy is not limited to close quarters either. He has tremendous range. He is also lightning quick and has good top end speed, which makes him a threat to blow past defenders at any moment.
However, he is certainly not without faults. Sneijder can disappear for long stretches. At 5'7", he is also not much of a threat on aerial balls, and he can also be overpowered.
I expect those faults to diminish while at Galatasaray. He will get consistent playing time, and will be the focus of the offense.
These are things he would not have enjoyed with Manchester United, where the Guardian reported he was rumored to be headed.
With Galatasaray, Sneijder will be able to build up his confidence, work on his consistency and learn how to lead a squad.
This will bring out the best in him, and it will leave him in a great position to make the Dutch squad for the 2014 World Cup.
This is a good move for Sneijder and Galatasaray, and it leaves them both with a promising future.