Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wesley Sneijder

This 25 year old midfielder for Inter Milan and Holland is an incredible talent. He is also one of the most exasperating players in world football. When he is motivated he is clearly a top class playmaker, able to create numerous scoring opportunities for his teammates and really control an entire match from his advanced central-midfield position. But when he is not in the mood, for whatever reason, he completely disappears from the game. I have seen matches where you wouldn't even know he was on the pitch. And when you play an attacking role in the middle of the park, this is no easy task because everything goes through you.

As Inter progresses through the Champions League it will be interesting to see how he performs. If he is at the top of his game, Inter might be able to win the competition, yet if he is not giving them top class performances, I can't see them getting much further.

When things get really interesting will be after the World Cup begins. Nigel de Jong is an outstanding defensive midfielder, and he will give Sneijder the freedom to go forward with little to no defensive responsibilities. If Sneijder plays well, setting up Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie, and the other Dutch attackers, the Netherlands could make a serious run in June. I will be watching him with great interest in the next few months.

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