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Three reasons why Marco Reus could be Germany’s main man at the World Cup

Dortmund star has waited a long time to play at a major tournament

Marco Reus will finally get his chance to represent Germany in a major international competition at this summer’s World Cup.

The Borussia Dortmund forward was set to go to Brazil four years ago, but he damaged his ankle ligaments in Die Mannschaft’s final warm-up game. Injury also ruled him out of Euro 2016.

Now he’s fit and in good form, the 29-year-old is set to start on the left wing for the holders.

He’ll be eager to make up for lost time and the Coral News Team have examined why he could light up the tournament in Russia…

Search for silverware

Marco Reus is one of the most talented attacking players around. His presence is one of the reason’s Joachim Low felt able to cut PFA Young Player of the Year Leroy Sane from his final squad.

Reus can beat a man and carve open defences with his passing. He’s a goalscoring threat from open play or set pieces too.

But the only silverware he has to show for it is a solitary DFB-Pokal winner’s medal. He’ll be desperate to help Germany go all the way this summer. Low’s side are 5/1 second-favourites behind Brazil (9/2).

Fluid football

Reus is comfortable playing out wide or as a central playmaker, which gives Low plenty of options.

Mesut Ozil starts in the number 10 role for Germany, though he likes to drift out wide to find space. When the Arsenal man leaves his central post, Reus will be able to come inside, making life very difficult for the defender tasked with marking him.

With Ozil and Reus dictating play, Timo Werner can expect plenty of service up front and Thomas Muller will have the freedom to hunt for space in the final third.

Injection of speed

For all of Germany’s talent and experience, there’s a noticeable lack of speed in the Germany squad.  Other than Werner, Reus is one of their few attacking players with the pace to cause problems for opposition defences.

Germany will control possession in most of their games. They need players like Reus to break the lines and turn their possession into goalscoring chances.

Pace could make the difference in the knockout stages too, when games are tense and neither side wants to risk leaving themselves open.

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