Well it didn’t take long, but the first signing of the summer has happened whilst we are still slap bang in the middle of some horrible April showers. On Saturday Chelsea confirmed the signing of Werder Bremen’s German international midfielder Marko Marin on a 5-year deal for a fee believed to be around £6m. A few may have heard of Marin already, others will be wondering about him, so we decided to take a look at Marko Marin and let you know what type of player have Chelsea bought.
At only 23-years-old Marin is a highly rated youngster who has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League and it will be music to Chelsea fans ears that he rejected Spurs in favour of Chelsea. Marin is naturally a winger, but plays through the middle for current club Werder Bremen – he is a little like Juan Mata in that respect; we will take a look at this in greater depth later.
Surprisingly Marin is having one of his least productive seasons; his appearances have been restricted this season by injury, whilst his progress has been stumped by playing out of position. Chelsea will pick him up for a reasonably modest fee, this is not because of a lack of talent, but because he only has one year left on his current deal and Werder want to recoup some of the €8.5m they paid for him when they signed him from Borussia Monchengladbach.
Bremen have tried to convert Marin into a ’number 10’ and have tasked him with being their playmaker. This doesn’t play to his strengths being naturally a winger, but he is versatile enough to put in a shift anywhere across the midfield or upfront. He loves to get 1-v-1, take players on and is very comfortable in the dribble, which is where he draws his comparison to Messi. He has great technique, footwork and a deft touch and is as equally good providing through balls to teammates as he is chipping a keeper and watching a ball drift in to an empty net.
He sounds good in principle, but how good is he? We decided to have a look at his stats for the last 3 seasons to help you find out. Despite Marin’s ‘German Messi’ tag we didn’t think it would be fair to give his stats some context by matching him up against Messi, so we thought it best to compare Marin with future teammate Juan Mata who is just one year older and the most similar type player in the Chelsea squad.
As we can see, statistically Mata is performing at a higher level, but it looks as though Marin has the potential to improve. Marin’s goals-to-game ratio is just about a goal ever 10 games, which is average for a midfielder, but his shooting accuracy is not far off Mata’s, so more goals could come for Marin playing for a better team. He has a healthy amount of assists chipping in with an assist every 4 games – Mata is slightly more creative with one assist every 3 games on average. Marin will need to become more productive to force his way in to the Chelsea XI, but he is on the right track with his key passes and crossing accuracy being not that far off Mata’s.
Next season Chelsea fans might be expecting a player that seems like Juan Mata mark II…but he is not! Marin and Mata are a similar build, the same height and weight – it is almost like they were separated at birth, but they are different and Chelsea should expect too much too soon from Marin. If Chelsea want to get the best out of Marko Marin they will deploy him out wide on either side rather than playing him centrally. Marin will also need to toughen up, he was the man once knocked over by a plastic cup and if he is to be a success will need to man up to cope with the physicality of the Premier League. He will initially be more of a squad player for Chelsea – a good replacement for the departing Kalou and Malouda.
Marin represents excellent value for money and could become an important first teamer if he has the confidence and fitness to realise his potential over the next couple of seasons. If he can develop at Chelsea and improve his all round game then it could be very exciting for Chelsea fans. Marin is a player with flair who can get the crowd and off their feet; he is a player that is worth a gamble, because if that gamble comes off the rewards could be massive.
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