More goals than Tadic - Should Southampton sign £9m Netherlands midfielder?

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Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder has been linked with a surprise move to Southampton.

With Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder reportedly looking to quit the Turkish Super Lig in January, Southampton are among the clubs to have been informed about the Netherlands midfielder’s desire move to pastures new.

According to The Daily Mail, the Turkish outfit's hierarchy are ready to consider offloading the 30-year-old star as they look to solve their debt problems.

Considering Sneijder earns in the region of £2.5million-a-year, his departure would go a long way to easing the club’s precarious financial position.

It is believes that Galatasaray will demand in the region of £9million for the Dutchman's services, a price Southampton's manager Ronald Koeman - Sneijder's countryman - could be willing to pay.

Capable of playing in a multitude of positions, Sneijder would prove an astute addition for the Europe-chasing side. Despite being naturally right-footed, he operates most commonly in the centre, or on the left-side of midfield. 

  TeamGoals/ AppKey Passes/ AppConversion Rate (%)Shot Acc (%)Dribble Succ (%)Passing Acc (%)AppsMins
Wesley Sneijder Galatasaray 0.25 0.62 9.7 42 66.67 82 12 877
Sadio Mané Southampton 0.09 1.27 5 57 42.86 85 11 712
Dusan Tadic Southampton 0.06 2.94 3 36 40.54 79 16 1,343

The Turkish top flight is undoubtedly a weaker league than the English top flight, nonetheless, the comparisons can still be made. Sneijder is a player who has performed a the highest level, for both club and country. 

In 12 appearances this term, the 30-year-old has scored four goals and created 21 chances - none of which have resulted in assists. Meanwhile, he has found success in 67% of his dribbles and 82% of his attempted passes.

Dusan Tadic has established himself as the Saints' most creative asset this term. He and fellow summer signing Saido Maine occupy the positions Sneijder is most likely to play.

In terms of the stats, Sneijder weighs in favourably. The Dutch international has averaged more goals per match this term, while averaging a greater dribble success rate than the Saints pair.

He may prove less creative than Tadic, fashioning fewer key passes per match, but his ability to score makes him an alternative option.

The Saints have struggled for goals in recent weeks, netting just once in a run of four defeats, and it's clear to see where Sneijder would fit in. 

As Southampton try to maintain their attempts to clinch a European spot next season, the former Real Madrid midfielder's experience could also prove invaluable. 

Nonetheless, his wage demands are likely to prove a stumbling block in negotiations.

The South-Coast outfit may have profited from their summer clearance, but it's highly unlikely that the club will be willing to cater for the Dutchman's extortionate requirements. 

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