The signing of another attacking midfielder to join the ranks at Stamford Bridge further marks Chelsea’s intent this year in becoming one of the most attacking teams in the Premier League, with Marko Marin arriving in April on a five-year deal from German outfit Werder Bremen.
He made his first appearance for the club during a friendly against Seattle Sounders FC in pre-season, scoring the third goal as Chelsea ran out 4-2 victors. However, a hamstring injury forced him to sit out of the Community Shield match with Manchester City, and only this Tuesday did Di Matteo hand Marin his first professional appearance for the club as he came on a substitute with 20 minutes to play during their 6-0 thrashing against Wolves.
Versatile playing both in attacking midfield and as a winger, Marin is known for his pace, agility and guile, and has even been nicknamed the “German Messi” by sections of the German press and fans. Alongside Mesut Ozil in the Werder Bremen set-up, Marin proved clinical in an enlightening season for the Bundesliga side.
His work ethic can’t be faltered either, and after signing for Chelsea this summer he wasted little time in building his fitness after turning up to successive training sessions early.
Now at Chelsea, Marin will have the chance to team up with Eden Hazard, Oscar, Moses and Juan Mata as he looks to give the Chelsea faithful a showcase of what he is capable of for the foreseeable future. For a team looking to challenge for the title this year, Chelsea certainly don’t lack firepower.
Marin has amassed 16 caps for the German national team, scoring one goal. Prior to this, he was part of the squad that won the European Under-21 Championships in 2009. Struggling for a regular place in the German first-team, he will hope a career at Chelsea can help turn his fortunes around.
Marin will now be looking to make his Premier League debut, as Chelsea meet Arsenal on Saturday in what could be a baptism of fire in the top flight of English football.
However, if he is overlooked this weekend, Chelsea will play FC Nordsjaelland in the Champions League on Tuesday, and Marin’s chance to impress could well come mid-week.