Player Watch #24: Tom Powell

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Usayed Givashe

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Indeed.

Do I actually need to clarify that I wasn't being serious and I actually haven't watched that once a week, or indeed, once a month?

I’m not budging.

Your Tom Cruise manifesto moment will be brought up til the end of the days.

I personally have you in the same category as Sol Campbell, Josh Gibson and a few others.

It’s amazing how you can support a club with Levy as president, yet when we try to get all Daniel Levy and exploit value, you think we are all ducked up.

Shame on you mate.

I had you at an 8.5(which is a very high personal ranking I might add), but you’ll never be above 4.25 in my eyes ever again. GAGF.
 

AnEmptyChair

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I’m not budging.

Your Tom Cruise manifesto moment will be brought up til the end of the days.

I personally have you in the same category as Sol Campbell, Josh Gibson and a few others.

It’s amazing how you can support a club with Levy as president, yet when we try to get all Daniel Levy and exploit value, you think we are all f’ed up.

Shame on you mate.

I had you at an 8.5(which is a very high personal ranking I might add), but you’ll never be above 4.25 in my eyes ever again. GAGF.
Ouch. Now that is some condemnation that is downright withering. I don't know where to start: whether to be insulted at the Sol Campbell comment, point out that Levy's a massive awful campaigner, or plead for the chance at a redemptive arc that would make Ben Jacobs proud.

And a small part wants me to see if I can get lower than a 4.25.
 

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koshari

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Honestly has anyone ever seen vision like this from an 18 year old?.. He’s reading the game three steps ahead of his opponent.

Need to give him a nickname.. thoughts?..

Tom ‘The Surgeon’ Powell, or Tom ‘The Doctor’ Powell? - he does it with so much precision.



Very few players of any age have that sort of time and spacial awareness. I played on a couple of blokes over my playing days with a tenth of that kind of ability and it's downright frustrating as on opponent. You try corralling them, knocking them of their line, blocking them, scragging them etc but they just seem to read the play in slow motion. The faster you try to counteract them the more time they seem to have to find an exit. This guy Tom reminds me of these kind of players a lot. And then he has the skill to execute. Simpkin and Cunners are the only blokes with similar attributes of evasiveness. Pretty good company to share attributes with.

Imo JHF is a very different player. I reckon his attack on the ball and his power/acceleration are his best attributes. He also seems to get his centre of gravity down low so even harder to knock of his line. The awesome thing is if we get JHF these to blokes will complement one another perfectly.
 

KiwiRoo

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Honestly has anyone ever seen vision like this from an 18 year old?.. He’s reading the game three steps ahead of his opponent.

Need to give him a nickname.. thoughts?..

Tom ‘The Surgeon’ Powell, or Tom ‘The Doctor’ Powell? - he does it with so much precision.




Tommy "Tarot Card" Powell
 

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speedy

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Can't wait to watch him again next year, he's been a little forgotten. Could be special. So many shiny new toys to watch next year.... JHF, Powell, Phillips, Comben, CCJ, Ford and hopefully Perez can get on the park too. Not to mention LDU and Thomas going next level. Hopefully this covid shit is done and we can watch some live footy next year. Can't wait.
 

The Dougster

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Can't wait to watch him again next year, he's been a little forgotten. Could be special. So many shiny new toys to watch next year.... JHF, Powell, Phillips, Comben, CCJ, Ford and hopefully Perez can get on the park too. Not to mention LDU and Thomas going next level. Hopefully this covid sh*t is done and we can watch some live footy next year. Can't wait.
Larkey, Zurhaar and Benny McKay to become certified by the end of next season. Can't wait to see more of Corr also
 

teethmeetsflesh

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Any updates on Powell? Are we expecting him to have a full preseason or is the groin issue lingering? His socials seem to indicate that he's still back home - when do we expect the first and second year players back?
 

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Wayne Campbell

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Honestly has anyone ever seen vision like this from an 18 year old?.. He’s reading the game three steps ahead of his opponent.

Need to give him a nickname.. thoughts?..

Tom ‘The Surgeon’ Powell, or Tom ‘The Doctor’ Powell? - he does it with so much precision.




He’s Neo from the Matrix



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the big lebowski

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I think it’s probably fair to say we don’t know how Powell is tracking at the moment. OP last year, no real training updates and pre season yet to commence.

It also probably seems fair to assume that Tom, along with some other youngsters might not see as much inside onball time this year, assuming Cunners, greenwood and Anderson are all playing.

That’s not such a bad thing in Powell’s case because not only do we want to protect his smaller frame but he also seems to be very versatile.

So where is he playing in 2022?

The wing seems a natural fit for him. Maybe with a small component forward.
 

Sphynx

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I think it’s probably fair to say we don’t know how Powell is tracking at the moment. OP last year, no real training updates and pre season yet to commence.

It also probably seems fair to assume that Tom, along with some other youngsters might not see as much inside onball time this year, assuming Cunners, greenwood and Anderson are all playing.

That’s not such a bad thing in Powell’s case because not only do we want to protect his smaller frame but he also seems to be very versatile.

So where is he playing in 2022?

The wing seems a natural fit for him. Maybe with a small component forward.

Noble is a realistic guy with a clear vision of bringing these young guys on. He even stated he's brought in Greenwood to protect the young players.

He's not going to rob Peter to pay Paul.

No way he plays all of Cunnington, Anderson and Greenwood in the same midfield at the expense of LDU, Thomas, Powell, Phillips, JHF. Powell or Phillips might play a bit of VFL this year, certainly, but not at the expense of Anderson AND Greenwood imo.

I think we will see a lot of Cunnington and Greenwood up forward and a lot of Jed in the VFL tbh.
 

Eggs11

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Noble is a realistic guy with a clear vision of bringing these young guys on. He even stated he's brought in Greenwood to protect the young players.

He's not going to rob Peter to pay Paul.

No way he plays all of Cunnington, Anderson and Greenwood in the same midfield at the expense of LDU, Thomas, Powell, Phillips, JHF. Powell or Phillips might play a bit of VFL this year, certainly, but not at the expense of Anderson AND Greenwood imo.

I think we will see a lot of Cunnington and Greenwood up forward and a lot of Jed in the VFL tbh.

Have we had any update on Cunners’ health? I hope he’s going ok.
 

Caracas

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Noble is a realistic guy with a clear vision of bringing these young guys on. He even stated he's brought in Greenwood to protect the young players.

He's not going to rob Peter to pay Paul.

No way he plays all of Cunnington, Anderson and Greenwood in the same midfield at the expense of LDU, Thomas, Powell, Phillips, JHF. Powell or Phillips might play a bit of VFL this year, certainly, but not at the expense of Anderson AND Greenwood imo.

I think we will see a lot of Cunnington and Greenwood up forward and a lot of Jed in the VFL tbh.

If Powell has recovered well from his injury last year, I’d be very disappointed if he doesn’t become one of the first players selected each week - from R1. The handball dexterity that he possesses is deadset God-given. It absolutely cannot be coached or stopped. “Glass half full” me.


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Liam Boy

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I thought Powell's ball use was just as devastating on the outside last year. He's just a natural footballer and will play well wherever we put him this year outside of the midfield.

that's the kind of guy you want playing on the ball though. it's not like we miss out on ben cunnington's kicking because he's too busy handballing
 

Heaps of fun

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that's the kind of guy you want playing on the ball though. it's not like we miss out on ben cunnington's kicking because he's too busy handballing
Powell's handballing away from the contest is a really unique weapon. I don't think he'll be given as much time and space going forward though. His best position is on-ball but I'm hoping he can show some real versatility in his career.
 

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