It has been a scorching subject of debate amongst Crystal Palace supporters this season, as summer time signing Max Meyer has continued to search out his alternatives restricted in his first season in south London.
The German midfielder’s arrival was hailed as a serious coup for Palace in the summertime, with the previous Schalke star having been linked with a number of high European golf equipment in latest seasons, together with a number of the Premier League’s high golf equipment.
However Meyer has not cemented his place within the Palace facet, making simply ten begins within the Premier League this season since becoming a member of the membership.
He has featured 11 instances as an alternative, and 27 instances in all competitions up to now this season for Palace, however it has been a continuing supply of frustration for some followers that they haven’t seen extra of the 23-year-old in a purple and blue shirt.
Meyer has scored twice for the Eagles – within the 4-Three defeat at Liverpool in January and final month within the 2-Zero win at Doncaster Rovers within the FA Cup, whereas he has additionally confirmed flashes of his capacity at instances this season, together with off the bench in opposition to Manchester United in midweek.
However forward of a sport in opposition to Burnley – the facet Meyer produced arguably his greatest efficiency in a Palace shirt in opposition to again in December – Palace boss has opened up on the midfielder’s “misfortune” at discovering others in type in his place up to now this season.
Certainly, Hodgson says he’s pleased with Meyer and would haven’t any downside enjoying the German midfielder from the beginning, if he determined to vary his group round at Turf Moor, though his feedback maybe trace that such modifications are unlikely in Lancashire.
“All these midfield gamers now we have are at all times near beginning. They’re gamers who’re interchangeable to some extent,” mentioned Hodgson.
“The misfortune, in the event you take Max Meyer, is that he has seen [Cheikhou] Kouyate, then [Jeffrey] Schlupp and James McArthur in entrance of him.
“It’s not as if he’s not stepping into the group as a result of folks in entrance of him have carried out something aside from play properly sufficient to limit his performances.
“However each time he has come on or began as at Doncaster, he has carried out extraordinarily properly and we’re very pleased with him and I’m more than pleased to begin him in a sport when the second is true and he’s studying on a regular basis and bettering on a regular basis and it’s important to keep in mind that he’s nonetheless fairly a younger man.
“It’s exceptional that he has settled in in addition to he has. It’s pleasing to enter a sport like Wednesday’s to see that I’ve gamers like Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyate to show to while you want them, who’re bona fide Crystal Palace first group gamers. However I feel that about McCarthy and Schlupp as properly.”
Palace at present sit stage on factors with Burnley within the backside half of the desk, with the Eagles forward of the Clarets on objective distinction forward of the sport at Turf Moor.
And Hodgson insists that the Eagles proceed to lookup the desk, though he admits that they can’t afford to turn out to be complacent, with solely a five-point cushion over Cardiff Metropolis, who at present sit 18th within the Premier League.
“We have now tried to try this [look up rather than down] on a regular basis to be sincere. Though now we have been conscious that we’re down there, we do not really feel our soccer has deserved that we ought to be down there.
“We have now at all times felt that now we have the capability to get increased. We have now by no means taken our eyes away from wanting upwards whereas making sure that we don’t sink beneath the water stage once we are taking a look at what the season holds, however we’re completely practical.
“A few victories and you are feeling protected, and a few defeats and instantly you might be frightened once more. So we’ve bought a fairly wholesome perspective at this membership.
“We haven’t any complacency in anyway and we don’t take something as a right. We have now 5 factors now, however to maintain that five-point benefit now we have lots of work to do and now we have lots of video games to win. That’s the place our complete focus is and thankfully the damage listing has bought lots shorter, albeit that now we have misplaced such an essential participant in Mamadou Sakho.”