At the end of a relatively successful loan spell for Marko Marin, the German winger is set to return to Chelsea. And according to the German, he is wanted back at Stamford Bridge. But would a move back to west London be the best thing for his career?
Marin was not given a fair crack of the whip during his first year in England. Hit with a hamstring injury at the start of the season, his Chelsea career stalled.
He went on to start only five matches and made 16 appearances in total in the six competitions Chelsea took part in last year.
Marin need first team football at the top level and he got that at Sevilla. And he flourished, looking more and more like the player Chelsea were supposed to have signed with every game.
As sad as it is to admit, the German will not be a first choice player at Chelsea. Marin will have to battle against the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Mohamed Salah and compatriot Andre Schurrle, to gain a starting berth.
Rather unfortunately, Marin is not good enough for Chelsea at the moment. The winger has his talents, and demonstrated sublime dribbling and technical ability, but has not been consistent.
His inability to find the back of the net is also worrying, only scoring twice during his 30 matches with Sevilla. He is far from the finished article.
Unfortunately, Jose Mourinho very much prefers the finished article. He is not a manager famed for bringing through young talent, normally opting for the more experienced option. And with the pressure placed on him to win, it is hardly surprising.
That means that he will not be given the games he needs to fully develop and fulfil the potential Chelsea saw in the first place.
Should he stay at Chelsea, the best case scenario for Marin would be as a squad rotational player. The worst scenario for Marin is that he descends into a perpetual cycle where he is continuously farmed out on loan, most likely to Vitesse Arnhem.
At 25, Marin hasn’t got too much room left to grow. He needs to be playing first team football week in, week out and he simply won’t get that in England.
A return to Spain could do him good. Sevilla are said to have wanted the player to return before Chelsea vetoed the deal. Unai Emrey looked into the possibility of turning him into an attacking midfielder, which may be all the more necessary should Ivan Rakitic depart.
More than anything, Marin has to be wanted and loved; which is why it may be best for him to return home.
Marin was a man held in high regard in Germany, both on a domestic and international level. He made 16 appearances for Germany including World Cup appearances in 2010.
However he has yet to feature for the national side since his move to Chelsea. With nearly two thirds of Germany’s provisional squad playing their football in their homeland, Perhaps a move back Germany can put Marin back on Joachim Löw’s radar. And more importantly resurrect his career.
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