Scouting Report: Grading Chelsea's Sevilla Loanee Marko Marin

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Scouting Report: Grading Chelsea's Sevilla Loanee Marko Marin
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Chelsea loaned Marko Marin to La Liga club Sevilla last summer, so here is a scouting report grading the 25-year-old German midfielder's performances this season.


Marin is a 5'7", 148-pound footballer who has played across the field starting as a central attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1, a right attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 and a left-forward in a 4-3-3. 


Marin takes the attack to opposing teams. 


Marin is agile, light-footed and can conjure up explosive plays, like a deep run against Real Valladolid.


The incisive pass he played to Sevilla centre-forward Kevin Gameiro was what Sevilla manager Unai Emery wanted Marin to produce consistently.

Emery experimented with Marin in a central position. 

It was not the first time it's happened, because former Werder Bremen manager Thomas Schaaf tried to convert Marin, at the time one of the best wingers in the Bundesliga, into a No. 10. 

Marin does not consistently show the creativity, finesse touch and vision of Borussia Monchengladbach's Max Kruse, but the Chelsea loanee gave you glimpses of playmaking genius. 

Marin displayed his range against Levante with a pinpoint long pass to Sevilla centre-back Federico Fazio, who chested the ball to Gameiro.


There was a flash of precision when Marin's through ball led to Gameiro scoring against Espanyol—talk about a textbook one-two.


The duo combined again, this time against Granada.


League Only Games Assists Key Passes Per Game Pass Completion %
Andre Schurrle 30 2 1.0 82.6
Eden Hazard 35 7 2.6 83.4
Marko Marin 18 4 1.1 84.5
Mohamed Salah 10 1 0.9 82.3
Oscar 33 2 1.5 83.3
Willian 25 2 2.6 85.6

Despite playing substantially less games, Marin has more assists in league play than Schurrle, Oscar and Willian.


Marin's biggest problem is his inability to score. In his last 45 league games, he has two goals. 

He lacks poise in front of goal and has poor shot selection, as the examples below indicate.


Getafe goalkeeper Julio Cesar Jacobi had set his feet and Marin was shooting on an acute angle, so it was a routine save for Cesar and a wasted possession for Sevilla


Valencia keeper Diego Alves is one of the most agile shot-stoppers in Spain, therefore it was a low-football IQ decision for Marin to cut out wide and shoot near-post.


Marin's confidence in front of goal is nonexistent, which was evident when he could not convert against Villarreal when played in by Sevilla central attacking midfielder Ivan Rakitic's instep pass.

Marin shrugged his shoulders, dropped his head and jogged on, perhaps thinking: "Not again."


Bottom Line 

2013-14 Marko Marin Season Grade: C

Marin had some bright moments at Sevilla, but he was 0-for-17 in goals-shots taken.

It was unacceptable because he did not compensate his shooting ineptitude with world-class playmaking

There were 50 players in La Liga who averaged more key passes per game (1.2 plus; pass leading to a goal scoring chance) than Marin (1.1).

Fitness issues were another factor in the C grade.

For the third straight season, Marin was blighted by injuries.

"I have started to play more regularly in the last few weeks, but I still can't play three matches per week," Marin said, per Deutsche Presse-Agentur (h/t Gary Jones at the Daily Star). "I have been unable to feature regularly for my club (Sevilla) and unable to put out my best performances in matches."

Marin has averaged 15 league appearances per campaign in the last three seasons, yet it coincided with him winning trophies. 

Marin's lack of reps is a red flag. 

However, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may view Marin as a tactically versatile player able to function as a rotation player. 

"Nothing has been decided yet," Marin said, per Deutsche Presse-Agentur (h/t Gary Jones at the Daily Star). "Sevilla would like to keep me here, but there are also signals from England that they (Chelsea) want me to return."

Sure, Marin's career has not crashed and burned like Savio Nsereko's.

But Marin has been steadily declining. 

It would be in the best interests of all parties if Marin was let go. 

He should sign with a mid-tier Bundesliga team where he can rebuild his career. Chelsea are better off focusing their attention on a young gun like Lucas Piazon.


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