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His class was plain to see as coach Lucien Favre turned Borussia Mönchengladbach’s season around last term, but having earned a transfer to fellow title contenders Dortmund once this season ends, 2012 could be the year Marco Reus really makes his mark on European football.
With 10 Bundesliga goals so far this season, he has already matched his total from the last campaign, and the €17.5 million raised by his sale will have to be expertly reinvested by Favre if Gladbach are to even come close to replacing the 22-year-old. This improved scoring record is partly down to him increasingly being used as a striker rather than at right midfield, but also an indication of how quickly his talent is blooming.
Lightning pace and an ever-deadlier eye for goals have earned him the best average rating in the entire Bundesliga from respected sports newspaper Kicker, but such is the strength of Joachim Löw’s current crop that it remains to be seen how big a role Reus will play in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
Regardless, if he carries the form he has shown this season into the new year and those that come after it, team silverware and personal honours are sure to follow.
Honourable Mention: Mario Götze, Borussia Dortmund
Most of Europe’s top clubs have been keeping an eye on the 19-year-old genius this season, but he has shown no signs of feeling the pressure. He has the talent and the attitude to become a true great.
Honourable Mention: Gökhan Töre, HSV
The arrival of Frank Arnesen in Hamburg signalled an influx of manpower deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea. While Jeffrey Bruma and Michael Mancienne have largely failed to impress, Töre has probably been HSV’s best player in a troubled campaign, contributing six assists.