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Crystal Palace the perfect club to help Meyer progress after stale end to Schalke career

Crystal Palace the perfect club to help Meyer progress after stale end to Schalke career

There were not too many unexpected surprises in the English transfer window this summer.

However, one bit of business that did raise a few eyebrows was Max Meyer signing for Crystal Palace.

The Breakdown

£16.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Meyer joined the south London side on a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schalke in a move that left many people shocked.

And, speaking on his arrival at Selhurst Park, Meyer told Crystal Palace’s official club website: “I first heard of the interest in late July, so it was only a couple of weeks later that I signed.

“The main difference between Palace and the other clubs interested was that Dougie [Freedman] and Iain [Moody] went out to Germany to visit me, and then I came to London to meet the manager.”

And Crystal Palace could provide Meyer with the perfect platform for him to cotinue his development.

Meyer had previously been linked with a tonne of big European clubs, but nothing materialised with the 22-year-old’s form not at the level it was when he first took the Bundesliga by storm as a teenager back in the 2013/14 campaign.

In essence, Meyer has stagnated or even arguably regressed when you compare his first few seasons with the Schalke senior team to his last two.

However, under Roy Hodgson — a manager who does tend to put his faith in young players — Meyer’s development may well get back on track again as the Germany international looks to fulfil his potential.

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