Crystal Palace made one of the surprise signings in the summer of 2018 when the Eagles announced the signing of German international Max Meyer from Schalke.
A product of the famous Schalke youth academy that produced the likes of Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Ivan Rakitic, Meyer was tipped at the young age to be one of the future stars of German football, but things didn’t go to plan.
Despite making close to 200 appearances for the Gelsenkirchen outfit, problems with members of the staff and board resulted in Meyer unwilling to renew with Schalke and allowing him to leave the club on a free transfer.
Despite links with Liverpool and Arsenal and being valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt, it was Palace that was able to attract the 23-year-old midfielder to the Premier League, with Meyer signing a three-year deal with the south London club.
WE’RE WINNING THE LEAGUE
— Sam • (@SWPalace) August 2, 2018
HESS HEEERRREEEE #CPFC
— GazBod (@gazbod) August 2, 2018
How did you guys manage to pull this off?!!!
— AADHITHYAN (@aadhithyanb) August 3, 2018
Wow. Top signing. #pumafootball
— Romell Glave (@RG_Big_Dreamer) August 2, 2018
Brilliant announcement.. Well Done!
— PRANAV (@P9Pranav) August 2, 2018
Now that’s a signing…
— Paul (@chumleywarner2) August 2, 2018
Welcome to Palace Max! Good luck in the Premier League! COYP!
— Peter Briggs (@Peterb194) August 6, 2018
Since his arrival, Meyer has had a troubled time under Roy Hodgson. The midfielder has been unable to solidify a starting role in the first XI and has seen a good majority of his minutes coming off the bench.
In 29 appearances this season Meyer has only managed to contribute to five goals in all competitions with two goals and three assists. While, clearly, there’s a lot he can still give the Eagles over the next few years, it’s fair to say his first season in South London has been far from a success.
The jury’s out on perhaps Palace’s greatest ever transfer coup in terms of name and reputation.