In this series "I Will Suggest" started by my friend Deepak Israni, I today write on Wesley Sneijder. Though this series is actually on Arsenal, I write on Chelsea with Deepak's permission.
Chelsea FC are known to have one of the strongest midfields in not just the Premier League, but Europe, with Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, John Obi Mikel and Deco all a part of it.
At first thought, one would think, why suggest another midfielder, and not a striker or winger, as Chelsea, it is believed, are yet to make their marquee signing.
So, I will look into the matter and give the answers to the questions in that are rising in your mind.
Wesley Sneijder: Fact-file
- Age: 25
- Position: Attacking Midfielder
- Current Club: Real Madrid
- National Team: Netherlands
- Sneijder is an attacking midfielder who started his career with Ajax. He moved to Real Madrid in 2007 for 27 million euros, and has scored 13 goals in 60 games. He had a good first season but missed large parts of the second. With Real going on a spending spree, many have linked the Dutch players with moves away from the Spanish capital, including Sneijder.
Sneijder to Chelsea: Pros and Cons
- He will add creativity to the midfield.
- He is young. Chelsea have Deco, Lampard and Ballack, all of who are on the wrong side of 30. He would thus be a better choice than Pirlo.
- His arrival will decrease Chelsea's dependency on Lampard for attack.
- His distant shooting, free kicks and crossing are brilliant.
- He can also play as a winger, thus he would be a two-in-one signing.
- Chelsea will be without Essien and Mikel during the African Cup of Nations for a month.
- He is fast, good at passing, and strong.
- He cost a lot when Real bought him, and would be worth more now.
- Chelsea's midfield is already crowded with big names.
- Liverpool are lining up a Sneijder-Alonso swap deal with Real.
- He may or may not adapt to English football (though I think he will), thus could be a gamble.
- He had commited to Real in April, so prising him away might be difficult.
To be honest, Chelsea don't desperately need him. Also, signing him would depend a lot on what Carlo Ancelotti feels. Ancelotti tends to trust older players more, so he may still want Pirlo.
Sneijder, nonetheless, would be a smart addition as he can operate on the flanks too. He could be the Stamford Bridge outfit's marquee signing. So, I think a 50% chance he may come.
So, let's wait and see.
Note: Many thanks to Deepak for letting me write this even though the series was started for Arsenal.