Even without Wilfried Zaha’s services, Crystal Palace kept their FA Cup journey alive with a comfortable 2-0 win over Doncaster.
In a game where Roy Hodgson slightly experimented with his team, he might’ve ended striking gold by getting the best out of one young talent. Max Meyer came alive in his free midfield role, giving a bright performance.
The German midfielder not only helped the Eagles dominate the game but also adding more teeth to their attack. Not only did he record an 83% passing accuracy, but Meyer also scored his second goal of the season to round up the victory just before half-time (stats via Fotmob).
The game might be undermined as an “easy win” for Palace, but in an unpredictable competition like the FA Cup, even winning against minnows seems a gigantic task. Meyer not only helped on the attacking front but was compelling with his defensive work, making a couple of tackles, interceptions and six recoveries as well.
Meyer made Hodgson realize his ability in midfield and gave a compelling argument on why he should start more often. While Palace mostly plays him from the bench, Meyer has the intelligence and skill set to help the Eagles develop into a more refined unit.
He should be played in midfield behind Wilfried Zaha, who seems to have formed pretty close chemistry with him. Meyer’s creativity, passing skill-range and recently developed aggressiveness, points at him being game-ready for the Premier League.
Now, Hodgson needs to ponder how to immerse him into soon becoming a regular.