Bundesliga Transfer News: Marco Reus’ First Half-Season At Borussia Dortmund

The first half of the Bundesliga season has revolved around the success of Bayern

Munich, they are on a hot streak and no one can deny it. The Bavarian side is 9 points

clear of second place, and for once seem to be on track to winning back the recently

elusive league title that has ruffled the front office in Munich. Although cross-country

rivals Borussia Dortmund sit 12 points below Munich at 3rd in the league table, they are

still Bayern’s most realistic threat. The first half of the season at Dortmund has been

disappointing in the domestic campaign. Yet, in the Champions League BvB emerged

atop the most dangerous and talented group of this year’s draw, beating the likes of

Manchester City, Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam. Jurgen Klopp’s well oiled, and

unpredictable attack was run through Mario Gotze, however the main cog on the wing

was Marco Reus.


In the first leg of the Champions League when Dortmund traveled to the Etihad to

take on City, I was converted to a believer. If it wasn’t for Joe Hart putting on one of the

most impressive performances I have seen in goal, Dortmund could have put up at least 3

goals. Reus’ form at this juncture in the season was mediocre; he was doing well, but not

the outstanding form that many had expected since his applauded transfer. I do believe,

that this single game changed Dortmund and the attitude towards Reus’ ability to adapt

and thrive under a imaginative offensive system.


What makes Reus so dangerous is his positioning, and that is what made him so

dangerous in Gladbach’s system last year as well. But, in Klopp’s offensive system his

progress has been slowed by other viable scoring options. That being said, Reus has

assimilated into the attack at Dortmund with great success. When Reus is given space

and has the opportunity to pummel defenses with his dynamic skills. Reus has fit into

BvB’s offensive scheme as a left mid/ winger; his playing style comprises a mixture of

flash and thunder. He has the technical ability to make scorching runs up-field and can

often dictate the motions of the defense and attract multiple defenders. This often frees

up a plethora of other scoring options such as Lewandowski and Gotze. The flash is

brilliant footwork, close ball control, and the skills to freeze defenders and attack. The

thunder is the breathtaking scoring ability from range, the talent and poise to be able to

move off the ball and unleash a maelstrom of deadly volleys from long distances.


A substantial part of Reus’ style is drifting into the center part of the field ahead

of other midfielders and playing closer to a FW position. The runs and style of attack that

Dortmund plays when Reus floats towards the center is one of the most frightening

attacks in all of Europe. Since Reus is not a “traditional” FW, he fits the mold of a “False

9” in an attack scheme, yet Klopp plays him on the wing in lieu of Robert Lewandowski.

Another aspect of this formation, allows Reus to also play closer to a midfield position as

well. Although he can act as a CF at times, Reus’ ability to receive the ball in the

premature stages of the attack demand defenses to crawl forward and respect his array of

technical gifts. This year Reus has been able to find the net, but not at the rate that many

had hoped. His 11 goals and 5 assists in 24 total appearances are not the numbers of


production that many anticipated, especially coming off of a spectacular performance at

the Euros.


The recent form of Marco Reus is just the tip of the iceberg. His ability and

diversity make him the most invaluable piece of Jurgen Klopp’s refined, and

sophisticated offensive scheme. As with most young players, the best is yet to come for

Reus, and Dortmund as a whole, I look forward to watching his game develop. Although

the first half of his season at BvB has been overshadowed by Bayern’s immaculate form,

I expect Reus to carry Dortmund far into the Champions League. There’s no doubt in my

mind that his performances will punish defenses across Europe for a long time to come.

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