When Roy Hodgson talks about Max Meyer (23), you might think that the coach of Premier League club Crystal Palace is showering one of his best players with praise. “I’m very happy with him. He trains really well and we like what we see in him“, Hodgson said recently at the press conference after the game against Newcastle United (0-0).
The ex-Schalker’s game times, on the other hand, speak a completely different language. He had only 63 minutes on the pitch in the first six games and never had the chance to play from the start. In the starting eleven, there is apparently no room for the new player, who is free of charge. Hodgson is counting on the more experienced Luka Milivojevic (27) and James McArthur (30) in the central midfield.
In the goalless draw against Newcastle, the former top talent was replaced in the 64th minute on Saturday. Meyer wasn’t allowed to stand on the pitch for that long on the first matchdays. “In our opinion,” says coach Hodgson, “he is a Premier League player.” He’s trying to wipe away doubts that the way he plays in England might be too fast and, above all, too physical for technician Meyer.
But why Max Meyer doesn’t get a chance right from the start seems incomprehensible. Palace started the season with seven points from six games. And that, although the big teams of the league – with the exception of FC Liverpool – are still waiting for the 11th table of the previous season.
Max Meyer Honours
- Germany Youth
- UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2017
- UEFA European Under-17 Championship Runner-up: 2012
- Summer Olympic Games: Silver Medal, 2016
- UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship Golden Player: 2012
- UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship Top Goalscorer: 2012
- UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship Team of the Tournament: 2012
- Fritz Walter Medal: U17 Silver Medal 2012
- UEFA European Under-21 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2017
So in the medium term, the relegation battle threatens once again. A sobering prospect for a player who has been associated with teams like FC Barcelona or Paris St. Germain in the past.
At FC Schalke 04 you could use Meyer meanwhile. After the zero-point start, the crisis broke out at the runners-up – and yet the past few weeks have not seen any wistful thoughts of Meyer. After the Schalker 1:2 bankruptcy at Borussia Mönchengladbach, he gave a Like to an Instagram post that announced the bitter result from Schalker’s point of view. A few weeks earlier he had posed for an Instagram picture with BVB newcomer Marius Wolf and thus also attracted the anger of the S04 fans. See this to know more about the promotions and bonuses offered by Ole777.