It would be interesting to ask Roger Wittman precisely where he believes Crystal Palace rank among Europe’s “top clubs”.
Max Meyer’s agent was supposedly adamant his client would be “first-choice” at a Champions League contender this season. Having never played a single game in elite European competition since forming back in 1905, it’s fair to assume the south London club wasn’t what he had in mind.
Meyer is expected to sign a lucrative deal for Crystal Palace this week, finally putting an end to one of the summer’s more curious transfer sagas.
His decision to swap Schalke, his boyhood club and a Champions League participant this coming season, for a team that finished 11th in the Premier League last time out, certainly appears fishy.
Whatever his reasons for joining Palace, Meyer’s in desperate need of a fresh start. Once a darling at Schalke, the 22-year old has recently become the poster boy for all that is wrong with modern football: a young player apparently only interested in money.
In his defense, there are some ways, other than obvious financial ones, that this move could work out. Palace are a well-established club, in one of Europe’s top leagues, with an experienced coach and some of English football’s most passionate fans. The squad, while unlikely to be a serious contender on any front, certainly isn’t lacking in talent.
There’s no reason Meyer shouldn’t thrive at Selhurst Park. Assuming he performs the way Schalke fans know he can, a move to a bigger club surely won’t be too far down the line.