Marko Marin made the leap from the Bundesliga to the Premier League at the start of last season, in a much delayed and hyped transfer to Chelsea.
A move that had been threatening ever since making his presence felt on the global footballing scene with his performances at the 2010 World Cup.
Much was expected from the young German winger, however, he was given little chance to deliver at Stamford Bridge.
Unfortunately for Marin, the signings of Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Victor Moses made first team football in his favoured wide positions very hard to come by, with Marin even failing to make the bench much of the time. In short, the 2012/2013 season was a disaster for Marko Marin.
So, what now?
Well, Mourinho has decided that it’s best to loan the 24-year-old out to Sevilla to get first team football, and hopefully recapture the form that saw him terrorise the Bundesliga.
With opportunities at Chelsea only likely to get more scarce with the arrival of fellow countryman André Schürrle from Bayer Leverkusen, it is the right move for Marin, and could be the break he needs.
With Sevilla missing out on European football last season and losing one of their key attacking assets in Jesús Navas to Manchester City, the arrival of Marin has come at a critical time for the club.
They played much of last season with an attack minded 4-5-1/4-3-3, which offers the wide players freedom to push forward and attack. It’s a formation that suits Marin’s style-of-play perfectly, and should see him excel. With Diego Perotti and former Arsenal man José Antonio Reyes offering the only real quality in the wide positions, Marin looks set to get the games he so desperately needs.
With the World Cup taking place next season, and Marin having not even pulled on a national team shirt since his move to Chelsea, it is clear that a lot of questions need to be answered this season with regard to the early potential that Marin showed. Hopefully he will not be another name on the long list of promising players whose careers never recovered after their big moves.
As far as I am concerned, Marin is still an exciting prospect, and given the right opportunities, which I believe Sevilla can offer him, he will be back to ruining the lives of many a full-back soon.
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