As you know, Manuel Pellegrini’s City side haven’t been doing too well of late and there a host of factors you could identify for our recent woes. You can blame the formation all you want, but even with a change of system against QPR, the same problems were occurring. Aguero dragged us out of the muck with two incredible goals but we were very fortunate to come away with a point. Everything was so slow and pedestrian – we were crying out for a pacy, direct player who can inflict havoc on the opposition. We have been in for the likes of Di Maria and Hazard in recent transfer windows, but passed on them for whatever reason. However, a player in a similar mould who could be available is Marco Reus, and this time City must do all they can to lure him to the Etihad.
Along with Gotze and Draxler, Reus is undoubtedly one of the stand-out talents in German football at the moment. He was unbelievably unlucky to miss out on the German National Team’s World Cup success in the summer, but has come back strong with Dortmund this season, even if the side have underperformed hugely domestically. He has made six appearances in the Bundesliga thus far, coming up with two goals and two assists. He has bettered that in the Champions League, where he has struck twice in as many games. Although he does have quite a connection with Dortmund fans having supported the club growing up, he may well need to leave BVB for the sake of his career.
Of course, this was a similar scenario with Gotze and Lewandowski who both departed for title rivals Bayern. Perhaps you wouldn’t put it past Reus doing the same, but it does seem as if his allegiances to Dortmund are much stronger. Plus, it would be nothing more than a catastrophe for Dortmund to lose yet another star player to the ever so powerful Bayern, so maybe Jurgen Klopp will do his best to not strengthen the Bundesliga Champions any more. That’s where City comes in. We don’t tend to do much shopping in the Bundesliga, (the last signing I can recall us making from there was Boateng) but that must be put to bed quickly. If we aspire to be an elite club, quite frankly we have to be in for the best talents in the world; a category Reus easily falls into. He is a player that could possibly make his way into every top team in Europe, with Bayern and Madrid the only possible exceptions. Moreover, the price for the 25-year old would be extremely good value for a player who is in his peak years. It is believed that Reus has a €25m release clause in his contract, which would be ideal for City if we feel we have the funds, and it presents no problem in terms of FFP.
The price should be no stumbling block for the Blues, and they will be getting a wonderfully gifted player should they be able to make the deal happen. Reus is a relatively versatile forward, capable of playing on either flank or through the middle. This campaign our attacking options have looked rather thin, especially up top. We have been heavily reliant on a certain Argentine to provide the goods, whereas Jovetic and Dzeko have struggled with consistency recently. Reus would certainly aid us greatly going forward, with his pace, directness and ability to get in behind. Like Aguero, Reus makes intelligent runs behind defenders and has the finishing touch; having scored 23 times in all competitions last season. If he was to settle in quickly, you would back him to make up for the goals Negredo came up with in last season’s title-winning campaign.
Yet it is clear that Reus is not merely a goal-getter; in fact he is close to being a complete player. His overall game is impressive, with key qualities such as vision and awareness something he has in abundance. He plays with a swagger on the pitch, always looking assured and composed on the ball and his end product is usually to a commendable standard, whether that be a pass or an effort on goal.
Technically, he is very sharp and skilful, being able to pull off a host of tricks and movement with relative ease. What is quite evident when watching Reus is that he is hugely gifted with both feet; which is something of a rarity in the modern game nowadays. We see someone like Ronaldo – who is equally adept with his left or right foot; Reus is comparable to the Madrid hitman in that regard, as he has displayed immense qualities with either foot – including some long range strikes. With the exception of Aguero, I don’t feel as if any of our attackers are entirely comfortable with what we would consider to be their weaker foot, thus meaning that Reus could prove to be a major asset in the final third.
Though it may not be recognised as a significant attribute, Reus’ ability from dead-ball situations is remarkable, and is something I believe we would benefit from. The former Gladbach man typically has a great, inviting delivery from set-pieces and is an obvious threat from free-kicks in shooting positions. As most City fans will acknowledge, we aren’t exactly experts from corners or free-kicks from wide areas, in fact most of the opportunities we get come to nothing. In my view, Reus would change that dramatically and if we utilises his crossing skills correctly, we could get a high proportion of goals from set-pieces – after all, the likes of Kompany, Demichelis, Mangala and Dzeko do have apparent strengths in the air.
All in all, Reus would be a fabulous capture for the club. Not only would we get a truly phenomenal player for a great price, but to land him ahead of a plethora of European Heavyweights would be quite a statement. Chelsea did it with Hazard, Arsenal with Sanchez and United with Di Maria, now it’s time for us to acquire one of the brightest talents in the game. I don’t recall us making a marquee signing since Aguero joined the club in 2011, and bringing in Marco Reus in January or even in the summer would be the perfect way to end that period.
To demonstrate even further what a brilliant addition Reus would be, watch this video capturing his talents and abilities here: