Crystal Palace

Transfer Battle: Max Meyer vs Yoshinori Muto

Crystal Palace take on Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on Saturday in a game where both Max Meyer and Yoshinori Muto will be hoping to feature in.

Meyer joined the Eagles on a free transfer last month, while Muto arrived at St. James’ Park from Mainz for just under £10m (via BBC Sport), but neither player is yet to make much of an impact.

It is still early days, however, but the early signs could be worrying for Muto with the 26-year-old having to face competition from Salomon Rondon, Joselu and Ayoze Perez for a starting position up front.

Meanwhile, despite Roy Hodgson not being blessed with a host of quality midfield and attacking options, Meyer has still found it difficult to break into the team.

Who, though, is likely to make the larger impact for their respective club as the season goes on?

Max Meyer

Meyer hit a bit of a stumbling block in his last couple of campaigns at Schalke. Considering the ability he showed when he first burst onto the scene at the Veltins-Arena, many people would have expected him to be at a higher level by now.

Nevertheless, the German youngster was still a coup for Crystal Palace and a signing that not many people saw coming.

Meyer is a player who possesses immense quality; he is able to dribble past an opponent and has both the vision and ability to execute through balls that can open up a defence.

Although he finds himself in deeper position these days, Meyer is an attacking midfielder by trade, a role where Hodgson will likely utilise him in going forward.

In terms of numbers, it is an area Meyer could definitely improve in with the Germany international having only managed to register a single Bundesliga goal in last two seasons for Schalke.

TT Grade: B-

Yoshinori Muto

Having once been pursued by Chelsea (via the Telegraph), Muto finally finds himself in England, and the centre-forward will be confident he can be a success in the Premier League with the skills he possesses despite a slow start to life at Newcastle.

Up front, Muto is known to be an extremely hard worker and has the kind of pace that can be devastating for the opposition on the counter-attack.

What Muto lacks, however, is physical strength, which may be why Rafael Benitez has been so reluctant to throw the Japan international straight into the team.

Newcastle have also had to play Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in such a short space of time, fixtures that can easily destroy a player’s Premier League career before it has even started.

TT Grade: C-

TT Verdict:

Meyer and Muto are two very interesting signings for very different reasons. The acquisition of Meyer was further evidence of what Crystal Palace can accomplish in the transfer window.

The south London club brought in the former Schalke man on big wages (via Daily Mail) in a summer where they were able to keep Wilfried Zaha despite interest from the Premier League big boys (via the Sun).

Muto, on the other hand, who could still come good, looks to be another low-budget signing under the Mike Ashley regime. And given the addition of Rondon, on top of Joselu and Perez already being at the club, Muto’s arrival feels like one that was not essential.

Furthermore, considering the competition Muto will have to face for a starting berth at St. James’ Park, it is hard to look past Meyer making more of an impact this season out of the two.

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