When Max Meyer signed for Crystal Palace this summer, many hailed the acquisition of the German midfielder as one of the transfer window’s best free transfers.
Yet the former Schalke man has found it difficult to nail down a consistent starting role for the Eagles, starting just four of the club’s Premier League matches this season.
But after an impressive display in Palace’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United, has the 23-year-old midfielder finally done enough to stake out his place in Roy Hodgson’s first-choice starting XI?
Meyer’s start against the Red Devils was his third in a row for Crystal Palace, with the midfielder featuring on the left wing in a 4-4-2 formation in all of those three matches.
Against United, Meyer created numerous dangerous attacking chances for the Eagles, in addition to diligent defensive work.
Perhaps most importantly of all, the German earned the praise of Hodgson, who described his performance as “pretty faultless” in an interview with football.london.
With the support of Roy Hodgson and the added boost of three consecutive starts, it appears Crystal Palace’s marquee summer signing is finally establishing his claim for a undisputed starting spot in SE25.