After an impressive first season at Real Madrid, former Ajax star Wesley Sneijder wasted little time impressing at Euro 2008, running the show against Italy in the Netherlands' opening 3-0 win.
Here, Reds fan James Ahern assesses Sneijder's talents in a fantasy scouting report for Fanzone...
Player name: Wesley Sneijder.
Position: Attacking central midfielder.
Match scouted: Netherlands v Italy.
Key moment: Burst into the box and lashed home from close range to finish off a dazzling Dutch counter-attack.
Strengths: A genuine box-to-box midfielder with a real eye for goal and the ability to pick a pass with the best of them.
Weaknesses: The €27million Real paid for his services suggest there aren’t too many and we tend to agree…
Suitability: With the clock ticking on Paul Scholes, Sneijder could be a ready-made replacement – the prospect of his slide-rule passes releasing the likes of Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez is a mouth-watering one. And he’d be one more Red queuing up to take free-kicks.
Estimated value: Around £20m.
So, what do you think? Have your say on this Scouting Report at www.manutd.com/talkingreds (Transfer Speculation conference).
You can also post your own report there on any Euro 2008 player.
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