When looking around at the other new arrivals at Chelsea last summer, Marko Marin will have known it would be a challenge to get a lot of first team action this season. With Oscar, Victor Moses and Eden Hazard brought in alongside the German, and Juan Mata already in place, Marin has struggled to play much in his debut season at Chelsea, and he might now look to go out on loan in January.
His agent, Fali Ramadani, has suggested that Marin has plenty of offers, and it's not unexpected that he is in demand. A tricky past couple of seasons might have dimmed the lights around Marin's name a little, but he was once nicknamed the German Messi, and if he were to recapture his best form he would be an asset for most sides.
The question has to be what would be the best thing for Marin to do now. There are maybe three options to consider. Either he could stay at Chelsea and fight for a starting place, go on loan to another Premier League side, or head abroad until the summer.
Staying at Chelsea would give him the best chance to try and integrate better with the side he will hope to be part of next season, but could see him continue to be frustrated by a lack of action. Rafa Benitez is not shy of rotating his side, but as the stakes get higher towards the end of the season Marin could well find himself on the bench most of the time.
Moving to a Premier League side would likely mean stepping down a level, as Chelsea would not want to send Marin to one of their rivals for a Champions League place. However it would give him the best chance of getting more experience of Premiership football, and also the opportunity to impress English fans and establish himself in this country.
Moving abroad might take him closer to his comfort zone, especially if he went back to Germany. This would give Marin the chance to regain his confidence on the pitch, but would mean he'd have to start from close to scratch in English football again next season.
Each option has its merits, and each has disadvantages too. All the speculation might be immaterial if Chelsea decide they want Marin cover in the second half of the season, but given their record of sending out players like Lukaku and De Bruyne on loan, Marin could well make a short term move before the end of the month.
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