Hodgson’s Comments On McArthur Suggest Meyer May Soon Get His Chance To Shine

1 Posted by - February 12, 2019 - News

Whilst Saturday’s game against West Ham was saved by a late equaliser from Wilfried Zaha, it could have been so much more had Roy Hodgson’s men taken the chances afforded to them by the Hammers over the course of the 90 minutes. 

By the time Craig Pawson blew the whistle for full-time the hosts had amassed a massive 26 attempts at goal, managing to convert just one on what was another hugely frustrating afternoon. Whilst there were plenty of good chances to secure all three points, no miss was more glaring than the one made by James McArthur early in the second half and although Roy isn’t usually the sort to single out his players for criticism, he couldn’t help but make reference to it in his post-match comments. 

Speaking about the game, Hodgson said: “I was disappointed. I really did think with the James McArthur chance and the Michy Batshuayi one that we were going to score. Other chances we created, their goalkeeper did very well.” Whilst he is of course not wrong in his assessment, it strikes me as a rather out of character comment for a man usually so measured and may well hint towards a certain German being given more of a chance to shine in weeks to come. 

Max Meyer has been spending rather a lot of time on Crystal Palace’s bench this season, much to the annoyance of thousands of the club’s fans. Yet again on Saturday, the former Schalke man’s short cameo appearance for the aforementioned McArthur drew ooos and ahhhs from the watching crowd and might just have convinced the gaffer to give him a proper run in the side, starting with Saturday’s FA Cup tie away at Doncaster Rovers. 

There can be no debate over the German international’s technical ability with size likely to be the main thing stopping Roy from throwing him into the centre of the park from week to week. If he continues to err on the side of caution in relation to Meyer’s place in the starting XI, you’d have to question why he bothered to say yes to a move for him over the summer but surely the penny will drop in his mind sooner or later? 

 I love James McArthur and always will but given his howler last weekend coupled with Max’s ever more impressive displays off the bench, there’s surely only one thing for the boss to do this weekend. 

We live in hope. 

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  • Jim February 12, 2019 - 7:25 am Reply

    You don’t mention CB’s glaring miss which was as bad as Jimmy Macs

  • Spiceboy February 12, 2019 - 12:40 pm Reply

    Kelly’s miss was bad but jimmy macs was so so bad. I would defo give max a start for jimmy and bats up front. Only player I want back is kyouta in for schlupp. I’m still not a fan of schlupp I’m afraid

  • Elbe February 12, 2019 - 5:54 pm Reply

    Time for Max to be given a start against Doncaster to give him the necessary minutes to prove he’s ability.

    When he came on against Wet Spam he changed the game for us and put them under pressure with he’s quick accurate passing. Max also has great sense of the right pass through the oppositions lines, something we have been crying out for all season.

    I say start him for a full game against Doncaster so that he can convince Roy to believe in him.

  • Help February 12, 2019 - 6:10 pm Reply

    Spice boy I agree.
    But really want to see wilf right Townsend left ! Interested in the comments regarding my humble opinion , whip them balls in early on the correct foot at the moment the defence have 2 much time to organise ?

  • ee signing February 12, 2019 - 11:30 pm Reply

    Nice to have options. What I would say is we seem to be doing ok in the creative department whoever plays. We need to be getting in the box and putting them away thou. I hope Michu will be getting full gmes soon

  • D Paul February 14, 2019 - 2:55 am Reply

    Where is Connor?

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