As English football fans, we’re used to the likes of The Sun and The Daily Mail singling out individual players for stick but over in Germany, it looks as though BILD are doing much the same to summer signing Max Meyer, after the midfielder’s decision to leave Schalke.
The circumstances by which Palace came to land a player of such obvious potential have always had an air of mystery around them but to try and simplify matters, it’s fair to say that Max fell out rather dramatically with the people at the top of the football club, leading to his exclusion from the first-team.
Having represented Germany and been earmarked as a potentially world class talent, it was surprising to see so little interest in him from other top clubs around Europe, paving the way for Palace to pounce but now that he has made the switch from the Bundesliga to SE25, it seems the editorial team behind the scenes at BILD are keen to poke fun at the 23-year-old for a perceived step down in class.
Admittedly, Schalke are taking part in this season’s Champions League but domestically, they are struggling just as badly as the Eagles, sat two places above the drop zone and only four points clear of danger thanks to a much needed home win against fellow relegation battlers Nurnberg last weekend. Given their struggles, the magazine’s decision to poke fun at Max for taking the plunge and testing himself in a new country seems a tad silly but as we all know too well, media organisations often display next to no self-awareness.
After a slightly rocky start to life at Selhurst Park, Max is beginning to find his feet and after starting and putting in perhaps his best performance in red and blue away to Manchester United last Saturday, I along with many others are hopeful of a stellar display at home to Burnley this coming weekend. It seems as though Roy Hodgson has finally decided to play Meyer centrally, allowing him to press forward, with the benefits speaking for themselves at Old Trafford.
Let’s hope this is just the start for Max and Palace, leaving BILD with egg on their face.