Over at ESPN FC, Counter Attack contributor James Horncastle tackles the elephant in the room. Did Wesley Sneijder take a ‘step down’ by joining Galatasaray? The Dutchman’s move rekindled memories of Galatasaray’s dalliance with Robert Baggio in 2000. Baggio never came, staying at the San Siro for another six months before leaving for Brescia. Horncastle indicated the sense at the time was Baggio kept himself relevant by not leaving for Turkey. The same cannot be said for Sneijder. He’s not joining an Eastern European minnow with deep pockets.
“Galatasaray are the Turkish champions and current league leaders. They’re in the last 16 of the Champions League due to face Schalke and are likely to be back in the competition again next season, something which looks improbable for his former club Inter and isn’t a guarantee at some of the other supposedly interested parties. They may not be perceived as a prestigious club (despite lifting the UEFA Cup and European Super Cup in 2000). They may not be a member of the traditional elite. But that’s not to say they aren’t a huge club, the size of which only dawns on players when they join and on fans when they go to watch football at the Turkish Telecom Arena. It’s myopic to believe otherwise.”
Sneijder made his debut this afternoon, coming on as a sub in a 2-1 win over Besiktas. Cimbom supporters were happy to see him. Apparently, Drogba might be joining him.