Max Meyer hasn’t had the easiest start to life at Crystal Palace.
Having made just four starts in the Premier League as an Eagle, the summer signing has failed to excite the Selhurst Park crowd.
One part of the problem may be his lack of obvious position – something that was addressed by Palace assistant manager Ray Lewington at a fan’s forum.
Quoted by Football London, Lewington said:
It is a difficult one, he is one of those difficult players, he is a typical modern day player. They don’t have an out-and-out role, where you would say, yes, that’s him,
[Cheikhou] Kouyate, you would say, yes he is a central midfielder, one of two, or three, he is up and down and gets his foot in and like Luka [Milivojevic], he is a sitting midfielder.
Max [Meyer] has got so much ability; people say he is a number ten, but if you don’t play a number ten, the modern day player behind the centre forward, that’s what people call a number ten.
Everyone says Meyer says he should be there. If you talk to Max, he doesn’t actually like playing number ten, he likes playing in midfield.
The former Schalke man is yet to find his role in South London, and Palace fans will be eagerly awaiting him settling down.
Lewington went on to say:
Our two wide men are narrow, they are not stuck out wide, unless it is Andros [Townsend], who is probably more suited to playing as a winger,, and so to a certain extent is Wilf.
But both of them like to come inside and operate in what we call the pockets, just behind the back four or behind the midfield players.
And Max is one of those players, I feel. He is an extremely talented player, he is terrific on the ball and doesn’t give the ball away.