Player Watch #11: David Zaharakis - ankle injury, syndesmosis will need surgery - 19/8

resurrector

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Just going about his business picking up 20 touches n a goal a game whilst rarely wasting a posession. Keep at em Zaka.
Got me beat why there's numerous posters calling for your head every week 🤷‍♂️
 

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eth-dog

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Good post Eth Dog. Clubs need brilliant players and they also need very good, durable players who can help with consistency. Zaharakis and Stanton are probably on a par. Zara has maybe had more glorious days, but Stanton has super high output for a long time. I’m not keen to pile on to Zaharakis at all.

Also - my wife is in love with him. And she’s got great taste.
I would put Stanton a fair way ahead of Zaka. I think he finished outside the top 10 three times throughout his career here, his first year, his last year and 2016.
 

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TheGrizz

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Had a decent month before today.

But the team review will not be an easy couple of hours for him on Monday.

Some of his tackling and defensive running efforts were deplorable, and burning a wide open Walla 25 out from goal to miss will not be easy to forget
 

calyam

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Had a decent month before today.
That is not really true. He had a very good game against the Swans in round 16, kicking three goals, and been very ordinary in the four games that followed.

He hasn't had a good year and really should be used in a different role. He should be used as a forward that occasionally plays in the midfield.
 

Schnitzengruben

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This bloke's year has been the definition of mediocre. What the hell has happened to him? Not just the positional change, but his effort and intensity are non-existent. I can't remember the last time he's ever put his body on the line for the sake of a 50/50 groundball or a marking contest. If I hear the phrase 'bruise free footy' - I think David Zaharakis.

Deserved to be dropped on numerous occasions this year, but he won't. He's a Golden Boy if I ever saw one.
 

Red Black and Blue

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This bloke's year has been the definition of mediocre. What the hell has happened to him? Not just the positional change, but his effort and intensity are non-existent. I can't remember the last time he's ever put his body on the line for the sake of a 50/50 groundball or a marking contest. If I hear the phrase 'bruise free footy' - I think David Zaharakis.

Deserved to be dropped on numerous occasions this year, but he won't. He's a Golden Boy if I ever saw one.
"Not enough experience out there" Forget that the experienced players have poor habits and don't execute the non-negotiables and are individually out of form.
 

srobbo

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Is borderline best 22 these days.

Sure he maybe carrying something, but his year has been mediocre at best. Just doesn’t have a big enough impact on games, given he doesn’t get any attention from opponents these days.

I think he’ll be under real pressure next year to see senior footy.
 

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