On paper, he seems to be an enormous enchancment on Meier, who has been proven the door by the Wanderers after a dismal 12 video games for the membership.
The Wanderers have nonetheless not confirmed Meier’s departure however might want to axe one in every of their 5 foreigners to make manner for Cox. Meier has additionally not responded to inquiries from the Herald.
Meier, 37, was not included in Western Sydney’s squad for Sunday’s conflict with Perth Glory at Bankwest Stadium and never listed as unavailable on account of damage.
The truth that recruitment strikes of this magnitude are being made within the January window suggests the under-fire Babbel nonetheless has the backing of chairman Paul Lederer and has been given the chance to reverse Western Sydney’s fortunes.
The Wanderers will welcome Perth Glory to Bankwest Stadium having misplaced six of their final eight video games. The Glory, coached by basis Western Sydney boss Tony Popovic, have received their final 5 video games.
Babbel was satisfied Meier was the lacking piece of the puzzle and repeatedly defended him from criticism over his meagre output within the A-League however seems to have misplaced persistence with the person often called ‘fussballgott’ again in Germany.
His signing was trumpeted as a serious coup when it was first introduced in September however Meier by no means seemed snug on an A-League pitch.
He made eight begins for the Wanderers, coming off the bench 4 occasions, and scored only one purpose – a cracker from distance in spherical two in opposition to Melbourne Victory, lobbing the ball over the pinnacle of goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas, who had ventured off his line.
It was hoped that second was a harbinger of what was to come back from Meier, nevertheless it turned out to be a false daybreak.
Together with his lanky body and awkward gait, Meier appeared to wrestle to match the tempo of the A-League, whereas his teammates additionally failed to supply him with the type of common service he acquired in Germany.
Final month, Meier instructed the Herald he nonetheless believed he had some good soccer left in him and insisted many individuals had written him off purely due to his age.
“What all people thinks is, ‘Oh, he is 37, he is outdated’,” he mentioned. “If I’d have the identical high quality proper now, the identical degree, and I’d be 28 or 29, no one would say something.
“Once you’re tall, while you transfer, all the things is slower … a bit of bit goofy. Possibly that is why. However I feel the individuals who perceive soccer know that.
“And, for me, it is OK. Some individuals say I am good, some say I am shit – however this was all my profession, with all people. Everybody sees soccer in a different way. However I am unable to and do not even wish to change anyone’s thoughts.
“I do all the things I can and that is all I can do. I make some stress on myself as a result of I nonetheless love the sport, I care concerning the crew and the membership. In any other case … if I do not care any extra, then I ought to cease.”
Vince is a sports activities reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.