Max Meyer is the latest playmaker to emerge from Germany’s excellent youth set-up, but what could he bring to the Arsenal team?
Max Meyer is a product of the exceptional Schalke academy, and a part of a new generation of technically-excellent German players.
He burst onto the scene as a teenager, but his development stalled as Schalke continually changed managers.
Now under the guidance of Domenico Tedesco, Meyer is finding form again, and with it, interest from other clubs in Europe.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Bayern Munich have been heavily linked, and could battle it out to sign the 22-year-old when his contract expires in the summer.
1. Style and Strengths
Meyer resembles Santi Cazorla a lot.
That’s not just because he happens to be short in stature. The 22-year-old shares Cazorla’s bustling running style and deceptively quick feet that he developed while playing futsal as a boy.
Like the Spaniard, Meyer began his career as an attacking midfielder, playing either centrally or on the flanks, but has been moved deeper into midfield.
It’s there where he can use his excellent technique and agility to good effect by escaping opposition pressure and setting his team away.
While he is predominantly right footed, Meyer has an eye for the pass and the ability to thread cute balls through the smallest of gaps.
At five foot seven inches, Meyer is hardly going to be challenging for aerial balls. While this isn’t a massive problem for a midfielder, it could see him struggle up against physically imposing players.
His defending can also be weak, which is understandable. He’s an attacker converted into a deep-lying midfielder, and is still coming to grips with the defensive responsibility the role has.
3. Can he help Arsenal?
The technical level of Arsenal’s midfield has declined recently. Cazorla’s absence can still be felt today.
Meyer is a young player who is still learning his trade, but he would help Arsenal construct attacks from the back and progress the play through midfield, either as a partner for Granit Xhaka or instead of him.
The need for a more traditional defensive midfielder is more pressing, but if we find ourselves requiring a replacement for someone, Meyer on a free transfer would be a good option.