Marko Marin: The untasted Chelsea fruit
Marko Marin, known as German Messi, was the first man to agree to join Chelsea before the season began. He joined Chelsea from Werder Bremen for a fee of 7 million Euros. Along with him, Chelsea also added several players to their midfield department with the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Victor Moses. Although he and Hazard had significantly different price tags, Marin played as well as the Belgian ace and scored a goal on his debut in a friendly match against Seattle Sounders. But unfortunately, he got injured in the same match. A hamstring injury sidelined him for a few months.
Even though he recovered from the injury a few months later, he was unlucky to not get enough first team action in a blue shirt. Oscar and Moses joined Chelsea in the final days of the summer transfer window and played league matches for Chelsea and, among them, Oscar earned a permanent spot in the first team. If he hadn’t been injured, Marin would earn that spot even before Oscar joined the club.
Now the combination of Hazard, Oscar and Mata is a barrier for him. Even on the bench, he has fallen behind Moses. He has been under two managers since joining Chelsea, but they both of them didn’t try playing him regularly.
I think Marin can increase the threat created by the current midfield trio if he is made a part of it. The sole reason for that: Oscar and Mata are identical in their styles. Both of them have the same philosophy and motion with the ball. When they play together, they cannot perform up to their peak due to this.
This can be resolved by deploying Marin instead of Oscar. And the second factor is that both Mata and Oscar lack pace (compared to Marin). His speedy legs can provide some additional attack in the penalty box, without a doubt.
Marin played a pivotal role for Werder Bremen before his arrival at Chelsea. He played the role in their involvement of UEFA Champions League. No. 10 for the German club, he was a regular presence on their left wing. His dribbling and ability to cut in from the wings was well displayed during his stint there. So there is no doubt that he is a technically gifted player.
Why does he still remain on the bench? Could it be because his is the lowest price tag in the midfield department?
As the summer transfer window opens after a month, rumors are there that Chelsea are going to sell Marin. Although it is too early to tell, we can only wonder how someone can be let go without even getting a chance to feature in two back-to-back matches during the course of the season. Marko Marin is certainly an unlucky player.