In focus: Marko Marin

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Werder Bremen starlet Marko Marin has again been linked with a move to the Premier League once more.


Liverpool are the team who have been linked, as well as Arsenal, but would signing Marin be a good move for either side?


GMF feels it is its duty to run the rule over the Germany international winger a comment on where Marin will be able to fit in to either side.


Marin currently plays for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga and has been part if the German international set up for a couple of years now, though only on the periphery.


The 22-year-old was born in Yugoslavia but moved to Frankfurt when he was just two years old and despite also being eligible to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina, he decided he wanted to represent Germany.


His first club was Eintracht Frankfurt but moved to Borussia Monchengladbach when he was 17. After impressing in his first two years there, he was sold to Werder Bremen where he still resides.


Marin was also a part of the Germany squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but he has not been able to secure a regular place due to intermittent form in the past year.


However, in recent months he has begun to rediscover some of the form that had so many clubs in Europe watching him initially, which could be behind the reported interest from Arsene Wenger and Kenny Dalglish.


Would Marin be suitable for the Premier League? It is hard to say, but he is blessed with undeniable talent.


Marin's greatest asset is his dribbling; he loves to attack from the flanks, move inside and take on defenders one or two at a time.


His ball control is exceptional and he possesses that very rare attribute of being able to switch direction extremely quickly and at great pace.


Comparisons to Messi have been made but Marin has a long way to go if he is to even approach a similar level, although he does appear to be supremely talented.


As with Messi, Marin’s size is an issue and may be something that would make him a target of physical tactics, were he to move to the Premier League, but the Bundesliga is reasonably vigorous and so he should be able to adapt.


He is prone to lose concentration in games and is known to drift at times when games get tough or tight defensively. There is also a question of his willingness to track back, which is not his favourite pastime it must be said.


Liverpool and Arsenal would both be able to utilise the winger in the current systems they use, but he possesses the adaptability to play in a number of positions.


The Gunners play with two wide men, but they have a wealth of options there now that Gervinho has returned from the Africa Cup of Nations – whether these options are effective or not is another matter.


Marin would be a typical Wenger signing in that he is technically gifted and can pass accurately, although he may be more useful than a player such as Theo Walcott due to being able to play in more central role in midfield.


Liverpool are desperate for some creative spark and Marin would most likely be a better fit for the Anfield side than their southern counterparts.




While being a frustrating player, Marko Marin does have the ‘X’ factor and things seem to happen when he is on the ball in and around the opposition box.


He is fast, technically gifted and also pops up with the occasional goal, but there are questions over his physique.


It would be a toss-up as whether he could be bullied out of matches in England, but he would be a valuable signing should learn to brush off any defensive bullying. A very hot prospect indeed.

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