Crystal Palace’s daunting run of Premier League fixtures kicks off with the visit of Arsenal to Selhurst Park on Sunday.
The Eagles then travel to Stamford Bridge for another London derby when they take on Chelsea before further tricky ties against Tottenham and Manchester United.
And one man manager Roy Hodgson could look to in the above games if he wants to add a bit more of an attacking threat to his side is Max Meyer.
If so, a midfield battle versus Matteo Guendouzi could await the German before clashes with Jorginho, Eric Dier and Nemanja Matic.
With that in mind, how do the Crystal Palace and Arsenal men compare?
After much hype following his arrival from Schalke in the summer, Meyer has failed to make much of an impact at Selhurst Park.
In the Germany international’s defence, he has been limited to making most of his Premier League appearances so far off the bench despite possessing the sort of quality Crystal Palace could desperately do with right now.
Meyer is a player capable of dribbling past an opponent and splitting open a defence with an accurate through ball.
But with Hodgson preferring more robust midfielders for the middle of the park, Meyer has struggled to get into the side, making his signing look a more bizarre one as each week passes.
Going forward, the former Schalke man could always be deployed out wide, which would make a lot more sense considering Hodgson’s idea of football.
TT Grade: C+
While Meyer has made a slow start to life in London, only the opposite can be said about Guendouzi following his arrival from Lorient back in July.
The 19-year-old has seen less Premier League action over Arsenal’s last couple of fixtures but, should he return to the starting XI for the Gunners’ trip to Selhurst Park, it could be bad news for Meyer and co.
Albeit Arsenal were on the receiving end of defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea, Guendouzi still put in some very astute performances against the two Premier League giants.
From midfield, the Frenchman made a bunch of tackles and interceptions while he was also able to create some chances with some very impressive through balls.
With the way they are currently struggling to carve out opportunities, the likes of Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are not the sort of opponents Crystal Palace will fancy coming up against in this moment of time.
TT Grade: B
Given his technical ability and skill, Meyer has what it takes to still come good at Crystal Palace and go down as a success in the Premier League.
And a game against Arsenal will undoubtedly provide Meyer with the kind of platform he can use to fully kick-start his Crystal Palace career.
That being said, it is a fixture that could so easily destroy the Schalke youth product if he gets outmuscled by someone such as Guendouzi in the middle of the park to the frustration of supporters.
Such a scenario, going off form, looks highly likely, which is why Guendouzi wins this battle of summer signings.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!