Often referred to as the ‘German Messi’, Marko Marin has had an ambivalent career at Chelsea ever since joining from Werder Bremen in 2012.
The talented German midfielder was in the Champions League winning team in 2012, yet failed to make a mark and secure his spot in the starting 11. This season, Marin was considered surplus by Mourinho and was loaned out to Sevilla. There, he has once again found his brilliant form and has settled into Spanish football. But as his loan comes to an end, what happens now?
Marin has been reported saying that his present club want to buy him outright, and it is no secret that he would be satisfied if that did transpire.
"Seville want to keep me, they want to buy me outright," Marin is quoted as saying by talkSPORT.
"Now I can only wait and see what will happen, will depend on what will decide Chelsea."
Indeed, it is just a case of waiting to see what will happen. Although Chelsea boasts one of the most talented young midfields in the world, a player like Marin always comes in handy as an understudy.
We saw in 2012 how effective Marin was as a substitute. His injury proneness was a major hindrance, yet his contribution was not without effect.
In the present season injuries to Hazard almost upended our season but thanks to Schurrle and Willian we salvaged our ship. One must wonder, what if those players had also been injured? The manager would have faced a crisis and would have had to call on our talented yet incipient youth. In such situations, players like Marin would have come in handy.
So should Marko be retained at Stamford Bridge, he would no doubt be an integral part of the squad.
However competition for his position is fierce. Players on loan like Moses, Piazon and McEachran are equally competitive (if not better) and Marin’s injury proneness is a major drawback and could be a deal breaker. His pace and skills rival those of Hazard and Schurrle, yet in other aspects he is lacking.
Personally for his career, the German would feel that regular first team football will be more easily obtained at Sevilla. The Spanish club too, would feel the need to secure Marin’s signature and his successful spell this season could give him impetus to force a permanent deal.
Although Marin has not made the cut for the German national side, he has featured in the youth team and also has a few international caps in the bag. Desire for international football will also be a driving force for a move to Spain.
With a busy summer ahead, Marin will be the least of Mourinho’s concerns. The odds are in favour of his move to Sevilla, indeed the latter could easily secure his transfer at a cogent rate. It will be disappointing to see him leave but at the same time, the move will be beneficial for the German star.
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