Crystal Palace boss careful to avoid comparisons between new boy and fans’ favourite

BY SAM SMITH

Max Meyer draws similarities with former Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye – according to Eagles boss Roy Hodgson.

 

Meyer signed for the South Londoners on a free transfer from Bundesliga side Schalke in the summer, effectively replacing the departed Cabaye – who joined Saudi Arabian Al Nasr.

 

Palace midfielder James McArthur also drew the comparison between the pair, and Hodgson has echoed those sentiments.

 

“There are similarities between the two without a doubt,” said Hodgson.

 

“Yohan is a lot more experienced of course, he’s 32. Max is still only 21 or 22, so they’re not completely similar players by any stretch of the imagination but are both real good quality midfield players. They have many things which they can bring to bear in their game which can be very helpful for a team so I can understand [McArthur] using that comparison.

 

“I would also be very careful with the comparison because there are many differences in their game as well.”

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