Bild is reporting that Marko Marin will leave cellar-dwelling Borussia Mochengladbach at the end of the season. This comes as little surprise, as most of us assumed that unless Gladbach escaped relegation, the wonderkid would move to greener pastures, especially with his German National team future to consider. But as he is believed to be under constant scrutiny by trainer Hans Meyer, the diminutive left-winger has grown unhappy at Gladbach and will look to move in the summer regardless of a turn in fortune.
If Meyer’s is truly causing this, it would be one of the worst cases of man-management in a long time. It can be a daunting task for a 19 year-old kid to be the leader of a club which has been unable to detach itself from its history. Pressuring him out of the club could be a harsh blow for the club if they return to the Zweite.
Meanwhile, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Bayer 04 are all reportedly waiting in the wings to pounce on the kid should he push to leave. However, we all know that the major player in this drama will be Bayern Munich, when push comes to shove, especially if Frank Ribery leaves in the summer. At the moment, Voller and Bayer seem to be considered the favorites to land him, but since Tranquillo Barnetta has been such an outstanding player for the Werkself this season, it begs the question “what is his future, if Marin is being considered?”.
While there is a part of me that would love to see Marin and Kroos develop together next year under Bruno Labbadia, in reality such things are better left to FM. I want him to move if Gladbach can’t turn this around, but I would prefer him to stay if they survive. But even if he moves, I want him to go where he will play. He’s too good to be sub.