In our Transfers that shook the club feature, Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at deals that many may not have seen coming and the impact that they had during their time by using statistical data and pundit remarks.
Crystal Palace haven’t shied away from making bold moves in the past. Since being in the Premier League, moves for players such as Yohan Cabaye of PSG (described as a major coup by Bleacher Report at the time) and a club-record purchase of Liverpool’s Christian Benteke have seen the club establish themselves as fairly big spenders.
Even though Premier League football since the new century has only come once before Palace’s latest promotion in 2012/13, the club are no stranger to getting behind a player coming from the foreign leagues with a big reputation. In fact, in all of Palace’s history, there can’t have been a player who has had more of an impact in 18 months than a certain Attilio Lombardo.
In 1997/98, Crystal Palace were able to bring Lombardo to the club as they got promoted to the Premier League. The Italian winger had just won the Scudetto for Juventus and his move was a huge statement from everyone at the club, and despite playing just 49 times for the Eagles over 18 months, ‘The Bald Eagle’ is widely considered a club legend, as this CPFC article suggests.
With that in mind, this week, we take a look at a player who may have generated as much excitement as those considering the fact the Daily Mail labelled him as ‘as one of the biggest midfield talents in the world’, a certain Max Meyer.
Now, while Meyer didn’t quite have the reputation of winning the highly prestigious Serie A in the 90s, the once-wonderkid was certainly a name many football fans knew about. After all, the German midfielder made his debut for the club at just 17 and when he was 18 he got a call-up for the national team.
So then, why hasn’t it happened for him since his move in 2018?
Meyer struggled to be a real regular last year, playing 29 league games, coming on in 14 of them; this season, things have arguably got worse. Since Palace lost away to Sheffield United in the second game, he has not made a start for the club, and much like Benteke who was also dropped after that match, has been unable to break back into the team which is now succeeding without them.
Considering the German only signed a three-year deal when he moved to Selhurst Park, the club now find themselves in a tricky situation. It clearly doesn’t seem to be working for Meyer, who is reportedly earning wages of around £80k-per-week (the Guardian via Ronan Murphy) and, this time next year, he’ll soon be able to talk to foreign clubs in regard to a potential Bosman move in 2021.
Obviously, they could extend his deal between now and then but given his limited impact in red and blue so far, it’s looking like a difficult decision given the reported wages. After all, Dom Fifield of the Guardian reported over the summer that the Eagles were limited in their attempts to strengthen in the transfer market, so simply giving a new deal to someone not playing regularly doesn’t seem like the easiest decision.
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