Chelsea and the Premier League has been left in a state of shock after it was announced that Blues winger Marko Marin had left the club to sign for Greek champions Olympiacos.
The surprise was not so much that the 27-year-old German was leaving but more that, for the most part, everyone had forgotten he was still on the books at Stamford Bridge.
Signed by the Pensioners back in 2012, the midfielder arrived at the club with the tag of being the German Lionel Messi yet featured just six times in the Premier League over the course of the four years that followed.
Loaned out to Sevilla, Fiorentina, Anderlecht and finally Trabzonspor with each club, and temporary spell away from the English top-flight, proving more underwhelming than the last, Marin has now put pen to paper on a three-year deal with Olympiacos.
Capped 16 times by Germany, with the last of these appearances coming back in 2010 when he was also part of the squad that reached the semi-final of the World Cup, Marin played a grand total of just 143 minutes in the Premier League.
As such, the highlights reel from his time with the Blues does not really amount to a whole lot.
All told, Marin scored two goals for Chelsea, one in a friendly and one in a Premier League game and in both instances the goals are abysmal.
Turning out for Chelsea in a pre-season friendly against the mighty Seattle Sounders, Marin scored with a delightful daisy-cutter of a shot that somehow found its way under the MLS goalkeeper.
And they say US soccer is improving.
The true crowning glory came against Wigan, now of League One, in the 2012/13 campaign when Marin scored a delightful header. Well, by his standards.
Oh and it was a rebound from Cesar Azpilicueta’s shot. And, if we are being honest, he could have just as easilyy hoofed the ball into the empty net rather than go for the acrobatic effort he pulled off.
Chelsea were also winning 3-1 at the time in the 91st minute, so the pressure was not exactly on.
A contender for the worst signing in the history of the Premier League, Marin may have arrived on a free but, four years into a lucrative five-year contract, he’s leaving a much wealthier man.
Though not necessarily a better footballer and definitely not as the German Messi. More like the German Winston Bogarde.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.