Max Meyer arrived at Crystal Palace to much excitement during the summer and it is already well-worn ground to suggest that he should be given more gametime by Roy Hodgson.
The current Palace midfield is so workmanlike and their attacking options, Wilfried Zaha aside, are so blunt if there is not space for them to dribble into that it is now beyond a joke that he isn’t playing more often.
The uninspiring season hit a new low when a much-changed Middlesbrough team, managed by former Eagles boss Tony Pulis were able to stifle and beat Hodgson’s latest effort to get more from an attack that has misfired all season long.
It is so obvious that Meyer must be given a chance to transform this bland, beige attack which is low on confidence; whatever reservations Hodgson has had so far must be cast aside.
Palace should have more than enough experience and quality to survive and even thrive in a league that contains no shortage of weaker frontlines, at clubs with greater issues.
But it is a dangerous game when attacking impetus leaves a football team; when there is nothing positive in the performance even when results are bad, goodwill towards a manager can soon evaporate.
Meyer is Hodgson’s best, if not only, hope of avoiding fan unrest and freshening up his midfield. He must turn to him.