Player Watch #12: Mark Baguley - In against Fremantle - 16/5

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Was cooked after 2016.
Only Essendon is capable of keeping around a player with such a low ceiling.
He actually plays with ice skates on and goes to ground every contest, is slow, gives away freekicks, cant mark, the list goes on and on.
Then, he is untouchable at the selection table.... I just don't get it...
 

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Was cooked after 2016.
Only Essendon is capable of keeping around a player with such a low ceiling.
He actually plays with ice skates on and goes to ground every contest, is slow, gives away freekicks, cant mark, the list goes on and on.
Then, he is untouchable at the selection table.... I just don't get it...
It's the Essendon rule that if you do **** all for the whole game, but manage to kick a goal you automatically stay in the side.
 

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The alternatives, excluding injuries, are Mitch Brown (196cm), James Stewart (198cm), Noah Gown (194cm), Jordan Houlahan (185cm), and Irving Mosquito (176cm). Which of those would you like to play as a defensive small forward? Alternatively you push someone like Smith forward and give Langford, D.Clarke, Mynott or Ham a run in the midfield. The midfield would be poorer for it though.

I really think he's keeping Laverde/Begley's seat warm and setting a benchmark that they have to hit to make that spot in the 22 their own.
All of Smith,Tippa, Fantasia and MCGrath can play this role when forward. Does it really require a specialist?

Personally, I think not.
 

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Needs to win 1v1 contests and make every post a winner because he should be right on the bubble on a week to week basis.

As much as I’m loathe to change a winning combination I think Laverde is the natural replacement given Baguley often finds himself as the closest man to goal and in deep one on one contests
 

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Picked a bad week to have his worst game, given the names due back.

Still think he might survive as coaches are loathe to change forward set ups that are kicking big scores.
 

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Needs to win 1v1 contests and make every post a winner because he should be right on the bubble on a week to week basis.

As much as I’m loathe to change a winning combination I think Laverde is the natural replacement given Baguley often finds himself as the closest man to goal and in deep one on one contests
This was my first reaction to when looking over the stats. Baguley is just a place holder for Laverde who plays a natural "small" forward role.
 
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