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'Last summer, Germany captivated the world with attractive attacking football played by a young and determined World Cup team.

Watching the German national team became a source of enjoyment for many football fans around the world because of the elegant style of the ambitious side that included talented and, until then, quite unknown players such as Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira. It was the complete opposite of the stereotypical image of the German national team, which was for long considered a tough, efficient but somewhat boring side. Germany showed the world that it had a great, young generation of players raised on the basics of attractive football.

And Marco Reus could be a symbol of that phenomenon. The young and very talented midfielder is nicknamed in his country "the new Marko Marin" - quite bizarre considering the fact they are both at the same age.

Background and history

Reus was born and raised in Dortmund. There he started his football career at the local club SV Dortmund, before later moving to Borussia Dortmund, where he played until he joined Rot Weiss Ahlen in 2006.

Despite his young age, the gifted midfielder played for Ahlen's second team, scoring a goal in only his second game. The following year, Reus broke into Ahlen's first team which played in the German third division. He featured in 16 games, and scored two goals, one of them which was vital to the team's promotion to the German 2nd Bundesliga.

2008/2009 was Reus' breakthrough season. He became an integral part of the team, playing 27 games and scoring four goals. At the end of that campaign, Borussia Monchengladbach decided to snap up the youngster to replace Marko Marin, who joined Werder Bremen. The Bundesliga side paid €1 million for Reus, and he didn't disappoint, scoring eight times in 33 games in his debut season in the German top flight.


First and foremost, Reus has astonishing speed. Even though he plays in the Bundesliga - one of Europe's top leagues which has many fast players - it is impossible to ignore his electric pace and acceleration. Just like Marin, it is very typical to see the young midfielder run with the ball at his feet with opposition defenders trailing in is wake.

Not only is Reus a very fast player, he also has great technique. He controls the ball very well with both feet, has a great touch and excellent dribbling skills. A lot of his goals have come at the end of impressive solo runs where he combines his high speed with his top-class technique.

One aspect of his game that Reus has improved upon is his finishing. He scored eight goals in his first season in the Bundesliga, a handsome return for a midfielder, and he currently has a tally of five goals in 15 games this season. Reus has a very accurate shot and he is extremely dangerous in the box, not hesitating in the slightest in one-on-one situations.

Another of Reus' strengths is the fact that he is not a selfish player, quite the contrary. Reus uses his skills to create a lot of chances for his teammates – so far he has set up six goals this season.

He displays great team work and will always look for his teammates rather than try to go it alone.

Monchengladbach really reaped the benefits of the investment made in Reus as Marin's successor. The two players were found to have a lot in common, but the fans and the club directors were probably happy to find that unlike Marin, Reus' defensive work is very good – a very important attribute for a midfielder.

Another advantage of Reus is his versatility. Most of the time he plays as right midfielder, but he can also play on the left. Furthermore, thanks to his great attacking attributes, he can play in a more offensive role as an attacking midfielder on either side or even behind the strikers – a role he usually played when he was younger.


So far, Reus has proved to be a genuine Bundesliga player, but it must be stressed that he is still only 21. He needs to gain more experience in order to improve his decision-making and ensure that he will be able to cope with the ambition of a big club in Germany.

Another aspect of the game that Reus needs to improve upon is his physical strength. As he is not especially tall (1.80m,) and plays in a league that is physically demanding, Reus must get stronger in order to be able to cope with well-built defenders common in the Bundesliga. If he works on this side to his game, he will get even more versatile and won't rely on his speed as his only weapon against them.


Despite his young age, Reus is demonstrating real maturity. He hasn't had any disciplinary problems and he is well liked among Monchengladbach fans and his teammates alike, probably a result of the huge effort he puts in together with his modesty and his great team work.

Another estimable side to Reus is the fact that he is very consistent. Even though he is very young and his team is far from firing on all cylinders, he keeps improving and is becoming one of the team's leaders. While a lot of people in Germany thought he was a transient phenomenon and refused to get exciting by his great debut season, Reus has proved that he has real talent, continuing to show his superb skills week after week this term, too. Nowadays, doubters of Reus' potential are hard to come by.

Current situation

Reus' team, Borussia Monchengladbach, are having a terrible season and are bottom of the Bundesliga. Nevertheless, Reus is having a great season, scoring five times and providing six assists so far. No one will be surprised if Monchengladbach end the season in the same place, and it is likely that Reus will leave at the end of the season to a bigger team in Germany, even though he has a contract until 2015.

At present, Reus is certainly in the best form of his career, and it appears that he also has bright future for Germany's national team.

Whoever does decide to buy this great player will need to part with €5M-7.5 million – but it will be money very well spent indeed.

@ IMScouting.com

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He's very similar to Marin indeed, and it's another bright prospect for Germany's future.

Reus - Ozil - Marin​


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Big fan of this guy. Almost single handedly carrying Gladbach these days.
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