On paper, it seems to be a great improvement at Meier, who has been shown the door by the Wanderers after 12 sad games for the club.
The Wanderers have not yet confirmed Meier’s departure, but they must eliminate one of their five foreigners to make way for Cox. Meier has not answered the questions of the Herald.
Meier, 37, was not included in the Western Sydney team for Sunday’s confrontation with Perth Glory at Bankwest Stadium and is not listed as unavailable due to an injury.
The fact that recruitment movements of this magnitude are carried out in the January window suggests that Babbel under fire still has the backing of President Paul Lederer and has been given the opportunity to reverse the fortune of western Sydney.
The Wanderers will welcome Perth Glory to Bankwest Stadium after losing six of their last eight games. The Glory, trained by the head of the Western Sydney Foundation, Tony Popovic, has won his last five games.
Babbel was convinced that Meier was the missing piece of the puzzle and repeatedly defended him from criticism for his poor production in League A, but he seems to have lost patience with the man known as ‘fussballgott’ in Germany.
His signature was announced as a big hit when it was first announced in September, but Meier was never comfortable in an A-League field.
He made eight starts for the Wanderers, leaving the bank four times, and scored only one goal: a distance cookie in the second round against Melbourne Victory, throwing the ball over the head of goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas, who had ventured out of line .
That moment was expected to be an omen of what would come from Meier, but it turned out to be a false dawn.
With his lanky structure and uncomfortable gait, Meier seemed to struggle to match the pace of the A League, while his teammates also failed to provide him with the kind of regular service he received in Germany.
Last month, Meier told the Herald He still believed that he had some good football left and insisted that many people had ruled it out simply because of his age.
“What everyone thinks is: ‘Oh, he’s 37 years old, he’s old,'” he said. “If I had the same quality right now, the same level and I was 28 or 29 years old, nobody would say anything.”
“When you’re tall, when you move, everything is slower … a little silly. Maybe that’s why. But I think people who understand football know it.”
“And, for me, it’s fine. Some people say I’m good, others say I’m crap, but this was my whole career, with everyone. Everyone sees football differently. But I can’t and don’t want to change my mind from anyone
“I do everything I can and that is all I can do. I push myself a little because I still love the game, I worry about the team and the club. Otherwise … if I don’t care anymore, then I should stop . “
Vince is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.