Player Watch #19: Kobe Mutch

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Vander18

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Feel like he has a nice balance to his game....hard at it, good overhead, runs all day, disposal is neat enough. Seems like a genuine mid, not a manufactured one.

Speed is the issue. He’s not quick by foot so he needs to be super clean and quick of hand and mind. Hope he makes it, he’s certainly honest with his effort.
 

BrunoV

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I'd be staggered if he makes it but stranger things have happened. Would still play him for the next month ahead of Zaharakis.

I'd bet on him making it. Does most things well.

Whether he is someone I want to see play for Essendon is another matter. If we had hard running actual ball winning inside midfielders, with our speed off half back and McGrath Mutch would slot in beautifully on a wing.

As it is he'd need to develop a monster inside game. If he does that I'll be kicking the driver out of the bandwagon.

In our current state he's just adding to diminishing returns which we reach by midfielder 3.
 
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eDPS

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I'd bet on him making it. Does most things well.

Whether he is someone I want to see play for Essendon is another matter. If we had hard running actual ball winning inside midfielders, with our speed off half back and McGrath Mutch would slot in beautifully on a wing.

As it is he'd need to develop a monster inside game. If he does that I'll be kicking the driver out of the bandwagon.

In our current state he's just adding to diminishing returns which we reach by midfielder 3.
Just needs the size put on, in the TAC Cup and for the Allies he was a jet on the inside, I made the comparison of Matt Priddis at the time. He certainly has it in him but I’m not sure what the club is planning for him since he still hasn’t put on a lot of bulk.
 

BrunoV

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Just needs the size put on, in the TAC Cup and for the Allies he was a jet on the inside, I made the comparison of Matt Priddis at the time. He certainly has it in him but I’m not sure what the club is planning for him since he still hasn’t put on a lot of bulk.

Hopefully it's just a matter of time
 

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owen87

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Shattered for the kid, going back to his draft year he was PUMPED to be drafted by us. Really hope he gets through this and gets a good run at the second half of the season.

Just seems like such a great kid and I’d love to see him make it.
 

Lore

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VFL training this week, modified time in the VFL game this Sunday if all goes well.

Young Essendon midfielder Kobe Mutch will make his long-awaited return to the field this week after overcoming a high-grade hamstring injury suffered in round three.

Mutch went down early in the side’s victory over Melbourne and has worked tirelessly to get back to full fitness.

Club physical performance manager Justin Crow said the onballer will line up for the VFL Bombers against Port Melbourne at Adcon Stadium on Sunday should he get through the week’s training as expected.

“Kobe will return, he’ll do training with the VFL squad through the rest of this week,” Crow said on the SKINS Injury Update on Tuesday.

“Assuming that all goes well, he’s penciled in to play on modified game time in the VFL match.”
https://www.essendonfc.com.au/news/2019-06-18/mutch-back-in-business
 

Blood Bomber

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Really happy for him to get back. Seems like he's worked hard while injured. Let's hope he can get a good run of games and crack back into the seniors.
 

Lore

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Strong return to the VFL with limited minutes. Good signs

Onballer Kobe Mutch returned in the win over the Borough after a 10-week stint on the sidelines with a significant hamstring injury and Crow said he got through the contest strongly.

“Kobe played up to the number of minutes and distance that we’d planned.

“He looked quite comfortable in the game and obviously we’ll be tracking his recovery in the next couple of days, but we’re hoping for him to get up and take another step forward in his return to football.”
 

Hamez

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Lasted two weeks after coming back from a long term injury:

The news isn’t so bright for young Bomber Kobe Mutch, whose poor luck on the injury front continued in the VFL side’s defeat of Coburg on Sunday.

“Kobe got a knock to his knee cap, which meant he was unable to complete the game,” Crow said.

“We had that scanned and he has a fracture in that knee cap, so unfortunately for Kobe he will need some time on the sidelines to get that better.

“We’ll seek specialist advice on the best way forward. At this stage it looks unlikely to need surgery, but it will possibly mean an extended stint away from playing.”
 

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