- Aug 3, 2004
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Cavs, Redsox, Patriots
I don't meant to psychoanalyse you here Kingy but you kind of are comparing him to others when you bring up that he's a top 10 pick. It implies you are expecting him to perform as one of the best kids in his draft like Rozee, Walsh etc are, and he is currently not.
I do agree with you on his form this year though. A few really impressive weeks aside, it's been a disappointing showing. I think two things need to happen if we are to ever get anything close to elite footy out of Blakey:
1. Needs to bulk up, obviously. Far too lean to be an inside mid, and far too lean to be a key position player either. If he doesn't change his body shape and size I am genuinely concerned he will continue to struggle to assert himself on games physically.
2. Needs to find his natural position and settle on it, and learn to nail it. Wing looks his best position like the GWS match, but even then he doesn't look a natural runner like say McInerney, who gets into space and wins easy balls. Blakey has to actually generate his run from the contest, which still relies on him being able to use his physicality and win some hard balls, which he struggles with.
In a nutshell I think he's a tricky prospect. We're gonna have to get a lot right with him as he has a lot more superstar-or-bust material than some of our other kids. But if we do get it right then he will be such a massive asset for us that pick 10 will look like a steal.
You can post what you like I’m not the old man
Yeah ok if that’s comparing him then yes I do expect him to be comparing well to the other top picks , even allowing for areas like height weight being possibly a KPP I think he is well behind where he should be (just imo)
Your summation is key , he could be anything , he could be more likely a bust than others perhaps but equally could be the best in the comp
I’d hope to see more this year, accepting inconsistency but there’s been very few moments for me