If you are not yet familiar with Marco Reus, I reserve the right to call you a football ethnocentric jerk. Except he's been linked to Arsenal in all of the rags, so that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Anyway! Marco Reus is capable of playing on either wing or in the hole. He's had an absolutely spectacular 12 months for Borussia Mönchengladbach and was one of their few bright spots when they were bottom of the Bundesliga.
Fast forward to December of 2011 and Gladbach is in a Champions League place. They're third in the Bundesliga, with 30 points from 15 matches. Much of this resurgence has been due to the fantastic coaching job that manager Lucien Favre has done, but on the pitch, the player executing his system the best and the one the system is built around is Reus.
Though Reus's biggest asset is his technical skill on the ball, he's got the physical ability to play in any system in any league in the world. He's 5'11" and very well built with solid pace. He's a complete attacking midfielder and there's no reason he couldn't fit into any team.
Reus's form and the figures being tossed around for him might make him a bit out of reach for Tottenham. Much like Leandro Damiao, who we profiled yesterday, he's a guy we probably should have pounced on when we had a chance. Our chances have slimmed considerably with his play in the first half of this year, as he's been linked to clubs in Champions League who can pay higher wages.
While playing beneath target man Mike Hanke, whose off the ball work and tactical discipline make him the perfect compliment to Reus in Favre's 4-4-1-1, Reus has scored 10 goals in 14 matches this season. He scored 11 in 33 last season and 8 in 34 the year before that, and he did it while playing for relatively poor teams. This guy is not a flash in the pan, he has a proven track record of success.
At 22 years old, Reus is young enough that he will likely provide a fantastic return on investment for anyone. He's also experienced and old enough that he will be able to make a transition to a new club and a new league. Based on all of these factors - his age, his form, his well-rounded skill set and his consistent play - the number usually tossed around for a transfer fee is around £15 million.
While in the race for Champions League, Gladbach will be unlikely to sell. This means that he's not going anywhere in January unless a monster offer comes in. However, if things go well, that £15 million figure could expand significantly. Gladbach's incentive to sell is seriously minimized if they make it into the Champions League, while a good performance at Euro 2012 could drive up Reus's price.
Arsene Wenger will at least be making a phone call in January. Harry Redknapp should do the same.