What happened with Meyer at Schalke, and what can he do for Palace?

Written by Gregg Devine

Max Meyer

Where to start with Max Meyer? He’s such an enigma of a player.

When Meyer first broke into the first team he arrived with huge hype after being child prodigy within the club's youth set up.

Positioned as a central attacking midfielder, during his first season he did very well. I remember watching him at HSV away one cold December Sunday evening and he ran the show. The potential of the player was huge.

His short term success though came at a cost. Rumours started to come out of the club about his attitude and his ego getting out of control. His performances dropped and he often found himself on the bench.

Come the end of the 2016-2017 season Meyer was a passenger. I don't think any S04 fans thought he'd play an active role moving forward. It seemed to be such a waste. That all changed when the new coach Domenico Tedesco moved him into a deeper CM role.

He hit the ground running and he cemented his place back in the starting eleven. He was exceptional during the first half of the season and it looked like he'd fulfil his potential. Then, around Christmas, things started to go sour.

Schalke offered him a new contract of €5m per year. He wanted €8m. He thought that he deserved to be the face and star of Schalke. This then lead to a very public battle between the player, his agent and the club.

Meyer played a bit part role in the 2nd half of the season as it was known that he would be leaving. When asked about Meyer, his agent told the press “I’m talking about a world-class player who would be a first team regular in every top European team and will go to the World Cup in Russia.”

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The player believed this. It was all very funny for S04 fans as quite frankly he's nowhere near world class. He was linked to Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, AC Milan but all balked at his wage demands.

No disrespect to Palace, but Meyer's agent made big statements about ability but none of the European elite took him. Going to Palace seems a bit of step down compared the types of club's his agent made contact with.

Meyer is a good player and Palace are a good club. He will do well but he needs to lower his personal opinion about how good he is. It's a shame that he hasn't.

So what can you expect on the pitch? A very busy player who'll make lots of interceptions. Much better in a defensive capacity than attacking. He'll be a fan favourite if he applies himself and gives a hundred percent.