With the summer transfer window now closed, Borussia Dortmund must be feeling particularly pleased with their lot.
The long announced departure of Robert Lewandowski to defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich had threatened to open the floodgates at Signal Iduna Park but despite seemingly never-ending speculation, Jurgen Klopp managed to hold on to the remainder of his prize assets - particularly Marco Reus.
Rise to prominence
25-year-old Reus has become an integral part of Dortmund’s DNA under Klopp since returning to his boyhood club in 2012 and has grown into the team’s outstanding talent in the wake of the departures of the likes of Mario Gotze and Shinji Kagawa who has recently returned to the Westfalenstadion.
Operating mainly from the left-hand side, Reus’ natural instinct is to come inside where he looks to hurt the opposition with his direct running and sharp eye for goal and last season saw the playmaker find the net 16 times in 30 Bundesliga appearances whilst also laying on a further 13 assists to aid his sides cause.
Such form saw Reus named the Bundesliga Player of the Season and the former Borussia Monchengladbach player looked set to be a crucial part of Germany’s World Cup campaign.
Reus’ World Cup dreams were shattered after the Dortmund man suffered a partial ligament tear in his left ankle during a routine 6-1 defeat of Armenia in a World Cup warm-up game. The injury ruled the 25-year-old out for seven weeks, meaning that he missed the tournament and played no part in Joachim Low’s side’s eventual success in Brazil.
Despite returning to fitness on schedule and featuring in Dortmund’s opening Bundesliga games of the season, injury struck again for Reus this week when he suffered a recurrence of that ankle injury during Germany’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland in front of his home fans.
Having started off the summer as a prized target for many of Europe’s biggest clubs, Reus’ current transfer picture looks decidedly more bleak at present.
Long-term admirers Manchester United broke the British transfer record to sign Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid and the Old Trafford side now hold an embarrassment of riches in the attacking third with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Juan Mata and loan signing Radamel Falcao all jostling for places in Louis van Gaal’s starting line-up.
Barcelona were also believed to be hot on the heels of the 25-year-old winger but instead moved for flawed genius Luis Suarez in a £65m move from Liverpool whilst Real Madrid spent big on bringing World Cup hero James Rodriguez to the Bernabeu.
Madrid have made it clear that they are eyeing a centre forward to complete a devastating attacking trio of Galacticos alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale whilst Barcelona’s own forward trio now reads Neymar, Suarez and Lionel Messi.
Manchester City are the latest team to be linked with the German international although Pellegrini’s side's general lack of width may inhibit his playing style somewhat.
Arsenal and Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the £25m-rated forward but the question for Reus is would either club be a step up from where he is currently?
Reus’ current ankle situation will be doing nothing to encourage potential suitors although it is unlikely to be a deal breaker assuming there are no significant further setbacks.
There will be no shortage of interest should he become available but the real issue for the winger is whether his golden opportunity to progress to bigger and better things has just passed him by.