The Bundesliga player of the year results are in and Marco Reus accumulated 31.4% of the votes beating out Luka Jovic with 20.9%, and Kai Havertz with 12.4%. This is his first time claiming this award, as he has won German footballer of the year one other time in 2012.
The Borussia Dortmund captain contributed to 34 goals in 36 games, in all competitions this season. He has only eclipsed this number one other time in his career making it his best season since 2014. It is worth noting that this was also the year his major injury problems started. After having to drop from the eventual world champion squad, Reus was plagued with injury after injury. A lot of people wondered if he would ever be the same again, or would it be a career that was left in wondering “what could have been?”.
However, where his problems started in 2014, is also where his resurgence would begin in 2018. The German national team was in shambles when they were eliminated from the World Cup. Reus was one of the few to stand out in a good way. At age 30 it might be too late to make a statement to be in the 2022 World Cup, but that’s a discussion for another day. Reus returned to Dortmund and continued his form from the World Cup. Only playing 27 league games he managed 17 goals and 8 assists. Some of those 17 goals where crucial 90+ minute winners, or a brace in Der Klassiker to bring them all the way back against Bayern Munich. By Christmas that would have them nine points ahead of the bavarians in the table. It seemed like Dortmund would cruise to the title. A bad run of form saw Dortmund fall to the bavarians once again, but this can’t be put on Reus, the whole team seemed to drop in form and just couldn’t get it turned back on. Reus ended his season with a red card that seemed more out of frustration than ill intent. Despite the lackluster back half of the season, Reus pushed his men on and on the final match day did all they could to give themselves a chance at the title. What’s in store for next season, Kai Havertz is still young, and Luka Jovic is on to Spain, can the Dortmund skipper go back to back, or will someone dethrone him.
As a writer I try to be subjective as possible. Covering all of the Bundesliga can make that difficult for the Bavarian in me. However without a doubt I can tell you that this article has been one of the easiest no brainers for me. Marco Reus, Then, now, and forever deserved this award above all others. Agree, Disagree, let me know on Twitter @GlennLorance.