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Crystal Palace: Former Eagle Max Meyer now in Switzerland

Crystal Palace were deemed to have gotten something of a coup when they brought in former Germany international Max Meyer on a free transfer in 2018.

The attacking midfielder made the move to Selhurst Park after making nearly 200 appearances for Schalke, having broken into the Germany national team as a teenager thanks to his impressive performances with Die Königsblauen.

Meyer hit 22 goals and 23 assists during his time at Schalke and was reportedly tracked by Liverpool and Arsenal, so there seemed little to suggest that he wouldn’t be a hit with the Eagles.

Indeed, journalist Ronan Murphy held that viewpoint upon his arrival in the capital, saying: “Meyer will be an excellent player for Palace, and has all the talent to be the best signing of the season in the Premier League. His passing, vision, and playmaking is superb.”

However, that couldn’t have been further from the truth, with the midfield enduring an incredibly tough stint in England.

He would make just 56 appearances during his time at Selhurst Park, contributing two goals and three assists, before he was released from his contract with no profit made whatsoever.

From there, he would have brief spells with FC Koln, Fenerbahce and FC Midtjylland, before moving to his current club FC Luzern in the summer.

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It has been a promising start to life in Switzerland for the former wonderkid, with two goals in his first five appearances but it is still a far cry from the career many expected him to have when he first burst onto the scene with Schalke.

Meyer’s agent Roger Wittman went as far as to call his client “world-class” on German TV, as he looked for a new club, but his prediction for his career sadly did not come to fruition.

He said: “I am talking about the world-class midfielder Max Meyer who can play for any team in the European elite and is almost certainly going to be called up to the World Cup squad.”

Meyer would average shocking 6.49 and 6.29 ratings for his performances in the Premier League for Palace, making him the second-worst player in the squad to start a single game during his debut campaign, a sorry fact that he then replicated the following campaign.

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It quickly became clear that the midfielder wasn’t going to cut it in the top flight and was no longer the player he had been in his early career at Schalke.

Considering Palace reportedly paid him £170k-per-week during his time at Selhurst Park, his signing was something of a disaster and Meyer looks set to be remembered as a player who never lived up to his immense potential.