Over the last 24 hours, reports have suggested that Crystal Palace are closing in on the signing of German free agent Max Meyer, with Eagles fans everywhere salivating at the prospect. As you can see from the video attached just below, his arrival would be a major coup for the football club, particularly when you consider the absence of a transfer fee.
Diminutive in stature, Meyer’s low centre of gravity allows him to drift around the midfield with a freedom that few players ever display. Clearly incredibly comfortable in possession, Max has his head up at all times, looking for opportunities to play the ball forward, whether it be a simple 10-yard pass, an angled through-ball or a lofted cross-field 30-yarder.
You seldom see footballers of his size looking as comfortable when being boxed in by their opponents, with the 22-year-old having seemingly limitless confidence in his ability to wriggle free from danger at all times. Whilst you can’t get a full feel for his overall style from a single compilation video, it’s fair to say that he rarely takes too many risks in possession either, happily offloading the ball to a teammate in more space when the opportunity arises.
Known to many as an attacking midfielder, there should also be mention made of Meyer’s willingness to track back and put tackles in when necessary, with the above footage highlighting moments when he has slid in impressively to win back the ball for his side. Indeed, this statistical comparison saw him above both Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic “per 90 minutes” for pass completion, tackles and interceptions last season, which is no mean feat.
On the face of things, it looks as though the people behind the scenes in SE25 are about to pull off a major coup after a summer of little to no joy in the transfer market. I’m just hopeful that there are no last-minute hiccups which threaten to derail what would be a marquee deal for us.