Every single time we're talking about Meireles, there's always this talk about tackles... often from the same posters who love Henderson... I find that odd!
I'm a big fan of Meireles as a player, despite not throwing himself into every challenge he's a better defender than Adam and Hendo, having played a few times as DM for Porto and Portugal, had better movement and his finishing was top notch as well. He was a top buy and I was really disappointed to see him leave. Maxi is nowhere near as good as him at this point of his career (probably was when younger), Maxi had decent 2 weeks last season in comparison to awful 6 months or so, but what is remembered are his hat-tricks.