Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Cutting Ties with Marko Marin Is Only Move for Blues

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02:  Marko Marin of Chelsea is shown a yellow card by referee Lee Mason after a strong tackle on Stephane Mbia of Queens Park Rangers during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on January 2, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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It's time to end Marko Marin's hellish time at Stamford Bridge at Chelsea.

ESPN FC, among others, is reporting that there's a possibility Marin will move to CSKA Moscow on loan. If he and the club were smart, they would do everything in their power to secure a permanent move.

Lost amongst the talk of Oscar snubs has been perhaps the biggest omission of all. Nobody has played the "Invisible Man" better than Marin during his time at Stamford Bridge up to this point.

The German winger has made a paltry four appearances in the Premier League this season and nine in all competitions.

Marin arrived to quite a bit of fanfare back in the summer. Then came Eden Hazard and Oscar to steal the spotlight and playing time.

A hamstring injury prevented Marin from being able to hit the ground running. As he was recuperating, other players passed him by in the club's hierarchy.

It's hard to remember the promise that he showed while at Borussia Monchengladbach and Werder Bremen, which led Marin to be one of the best young players in Europe.

That's all a distant memory now, clouded by his failure to catch on at Chelsea. It would be one thing if he was just struggling to adapt to English football. It can be a tricky move for some. Oscar and Hazard aren't having any trouble at all, though.

Unfortunately, he isn't afforded the time necessary to adapt to the Premier League.

Loaning him out now will help to get him first-team football in the immediate future, but what happens after the season is over?

Marin is going to come back in a Chelsea team that still has Hazard, Oscar, Victor Moses and Juan Mata.

Then there's Kevin De Bruyne and Josh McEachran, who will be returning to the Blues from loan at the end of the season. They'll likely play an important role in Chelsea's future.

And you can't dismiss the rumors of Willian's arrival. Simon Jones and Ashley Gray of the Daily Mail reported Chelsea made a £20 million bid for the Brazilian midfielder.

Marin needs to think about his career in the long term. He's only 23 years old, so it's not as if there's no time for him to get himself back on track. The more he waits, though, the more his potential will go unfulfilled.

In addition, the longer Marin sits on the bench the more he's risking being completely frozen out of the German national team. It's not as if Joachim Low is hurting for talent in the attacking midfield. He doesn't need Marin whatsoever if the winger isn't playing at his club.

Some moves, no matter how good the club or how good the player, simply don't work out. Marin moving to the Blues appears to fall under that umbrella.