It wasn’t so long ago that Max Meyer was being heavily linked with moves to the likes of Arsenal or Liverpool but after a summer when some of England’s super-clubs have balked at his wage demands, it’s looking ever more likely that Crystal Palace have won the race for his signature.
This piece from the excellent “Taste of Football” gives those of us who are interested in Meyer’s career trajectory a remarkably impressive breakdown of the moments which have defined the 22-year-old’s career to date. Having spent all of his years as a professional on Schalke’s books, there has regularly been talk of a move away but for Palace, a move that just one year ago would have seemed ludicrous has now become reality.
Earmarked for stardom at a very early age, Max has represented Germany at every level from the U15s all the way up to the senior side, making more than 60 appearances across the different age brackets. You need only watch him once or twice to see why the German coaches were so enamored early on; his tremendous balance and ease in possession allowing him to stand out from the crowd despite the fact that is just 5’8 tall.
Of course, for a player of such supreme talent to be available on a free transfer at the age of just 22 there have to be one or two question marks and in Meyer’s case, those arose when he become embroiled in a contract dispute with Schalke last season. Having asked for a figure that the Royal Blues deemed extortionate, he was banished from first-team training back in April and left the club soon after, hoping that someone else would satisfy his wage demands.
Clearly the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool haven’t felt about Meyer in the period since, leaving the path open for Palace, who have recently offloaded Yohan Cabaye’s weekly wage packet, to make their move. Given his tender age, Meyer could prove to have huge re-sale Palace in a year or two’s time, with the platform afforded by the Premier League certain to bring interested suitors if he does perform to his full potential.
Those on the outside looking in may feel baffled at Meyer’s seemingly imminent arrival in SE25 but as things stand, it looks to be a deal that suits all parties down to the ground.