Chelsea's Marko Marin was supposed to slip right into his Premier League role and play regular football at Stamford Bridge. Things haven't worked out that way for the 23-year-old Bundesliga veteran, though.
With transfer rumors heating up, he will likely find himself loaned out to another club for the rest of the season, according to Russian newspaper Izvestia (via ESPN).
The newspaper lists CSKA Moscow as the primary suitor for Marin’s services.
"Marko wants more playing time, but we understand that at a major club like Chelsea there will always be serious competition for places,” Fali Ramadani, Marin’s agent, said.
The English side has a much deeper club than the one that he came from at Werder Bremen. As a result he has spent more time watching than getting onto the pitch.
That could be a problem as he tries to remain in top form for international competition.
"Marin feels good in London but in order to play regularly for the German national team he needs to be a first-teamer,” Ramadani said.
Any time a club invests £7 million in a winger with the potential Marin boasted, it’s a disappointment when he doesn’t get to contribute enough to make a difference.
After recording 49 assists with Bremen and Borussia Mönchengladbach previously, the youngster has no goals or assists in just four appearances for Chelsea.
Should Chelsea keep Marin around long-term?
The biggest problem is that he needs the experience and isn’t getting it at Stamford Bridge. Injuries slowed him to make just 18 starts in the 2011-12 season and he is seemingly going backwards.
A move, whether through transfer or loan, is logical for Marin if he hopes to get his groove back and rejuvenate a once promising career.
Rafael Benitez should loan him out to the highest bidder and hope he can get his confidence back. It will benefit the German National Team, whoever he plays for the in the short term and himself in the long run.
All quotes used are courtesy of Russian newspaper Izvestia, via ESPN reporting.