An earlier piece discussed the turnaround in fortunes of Borussia Mönchengladbach, and one of the biggest reasons behind said turnaround is a 22-year-old by the name of Marco Reus.
‘Rolls’ Reus, as he has been dubbed by the German media, is one of the biggest and brightest prospects in Germany. In fact, some may whisper, just whisper, that Reus is a better talent than Mario Gotze.
Yet his rise to stardom was far from straightforward. Born in Dortmund, it was no surprise when, around the age of 14, he was snapped up by Borussia Dortmund. However, via a rare misjudgment on the part of Die Borussen, he was allowed to leave as a 17-year-old.
Reus took it all in his stride, and moved down the leagues in order to gain regular football. He joined third division club Rot Weiss Ahlen, and even there he only started in the second team.
However, it wasn’t long before he was forcing his way into the first team, and in the 2007/8 season he helped the side win the league and gain promotion to 2.Bundesliga, and then played a bigger role as they finished 10th the following season.
His form hadn’t gone unnoticed, and soon he was back in the Bundesliga with another Borussia, this time Mönchengladbach. Perhaps a sign of how highly Reus was rated was the fact they allowed Marko Marin to leave that same summer.
He has gone from strength to strength at Mönchengladbach. Having quickly established himself as a first team regular; he’s now their most important player. Last season he scored 11 league goals in 34 games; a blistering start to this season means he’s already scored 10 in just 14.
He has an interesting release clause in his contract: it will stand at €18m next summer; one year later that becomes €15m and then €12m a year after that. It means Mönchengladbach could hang on to him until 2014, but even €18m could represent a bargain.
Quick, good with both feet, hard working, skillful and like the archetypal modern attacking midfielder, capable of playing anywhere across the midfield/attack. Germany and Reus both have extremely bright futures, and it’s looking increasingly likely they will be intertwined.
“At 22, he is finally realising his potential. He’s made tremendous strides this season, and is an absolute nightmare to defend against.” – Clark Whitney, German football editor for goal.com. Twitter: @Mr_Bundesliga
“Marco Reus is an exceptional talent. I actually rate Reus higher than Gotze.” – Ross Dunbar, Bundesliga blogger for Mirror Football and SB Nation. Twitter: @rossdunbar93