Rumors have swirled around the star Inter Milan midfielder since the season ended, about where Wesley Sneijder will play his club football next season.
The two giant clubs in Manchester are both rumored to be desperately trying to get the Dutchman. Sneijder has stated that he loves playing for the club, but that it might be time for him to move elsewhere.
Team President Massimo Moratti has stated that Sneijder will be back at the club next season. However, many analysts have speculated that the appointment of Gian Piero Gasperini will mark end of Sneijder’s career with Inter, as they are skeptical that he will be able to fit into the system of the new manager.
Gasperini had a lot of success at Genoa playing in the 3-4-3 formation, which he plans on introducing at his new club. As a result, Sneijder will not be able to play in his preferred role, the trequartista.
In this position, the player stands in between the midfielders and the strikers. In order to play this position, you must be an exquisite passer, which Sneijder certainly is. Gasperini is apparently unwilling to adjust his formation and play a 3-4-1-2 formation where Sneijder can be in his ideal role.
Therefore, it is highly likely that the Inter will decide to sell him, especially considering the huge amount teams are offering for him. However, I think that the Dutchman will be able to fit into the new manager’s system and it would be a big mistake to sell him.
While Gasperini did have a lot of success playing the 3-4-3 formation, he should not be unwilling to deviate. At Genoa, he had no one with nearly the talent that Sneijder had who could play in the trequartista position.
Therefore, he should be willing to at least experiment with a 3-4-1-2. In addition to that, Inter can still play the same style that Gasperini is hoping for in this formation.
A big advantage of the 3-4-3 is that by playing three strikers it forces the defense to open up as they have a lot of width to cover.
That advantage can be maintained with the addition of a very fast wing player, like Nani from Manchester United for example.
If Inter were to acquire him, his pace down the wing would be able to provide the width that Gasperini is looking for.
Sneijder is without question one of the best passers in the game, and it would be very detrimental to lose him.