Player Watch # 3: Darcy Parish - Happy like a pig in the mud - 25/5

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blitzer

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Who would have thought a ball-winning midfielder would thrive in the midfield. Crazy.
Lots of players don't get to play the exact role they would prefer, its not just at our club. Look at the Western Bulldogs, pretty much everyone that plays forward there except Gowers are all really midfielders that are stuck playing up forward.

Generally only the better players get to play the pure midfield roles (for us its probably Shiel, Merrett and Heppell). Nearly everyone else has to be versatile enough to be effective up forward (or maybe down back). We may yet gain advantage from the time Parish spent up forward because make no mistake he will still have to spend time up there even if its not his ideal position.
 

yaco55

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Blitzer has nailed it with his post - Yes, Parish is benefiting from more time in the midfield and should continue to improve - But there are times when you MUST play out of your preferred position.
 

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Blitzer has nailed it with his post - Yes, Parish is benefiting from more time in the midfield and should continue to improve - But there are times when you MUST play out of your preferred position.
Not when it's because Myers is in your spot though.
No knock on Myers but we've seen his ceiling and parish offers more

Happy to keep Myers around for when the likes of shiel, heppell, parish or merrett may not be available.

We have looked better with parish on the ball at the expense of Myers in the side.
It was madness it took so long to happen
 

yaco55

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Not when it's because Myers is in your spot though.
No knock on Myers but we've seen his ceiling and parish offers more

Happy to keep Myers around for when the likes of shiel, heppell, parish or merrett may not be available.

We have looked better with parish on the ball at the expense of Myers in the side.
It was madness it took so long to happen
So what happens if Parish is having a stinker of a game in the midfield ? Of course you move forward or back during the game - What happens if Parish is not 100% fit for an important game ? Do you leave him in the midfield for the whole game or rotate him forward to get best use of his abilities on the day - too many see games only in black and white.
 

mike14

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So what happens if Parish is having a stinker of a game in the midfield ? Of course you move forward or back during the game - What happens if Parish is not 100% fit for an important game ? Do you leave him in the midfield for the whole game or rotate him forward to get best use of his abilities on the day - too many see games only in black and white.
The tactical use of a player on game day (whether it's Parish or anyone else) is very different to the strategic usage the club has been rolling with reagrding Myers and Parish (to this point). I don't think anyone is saying that Parish shoudl play exclusivly in the midfield regardless of fitness, form or function; but it has surprised quite a few people that we've persisted with a strategy that saw him more often than not played in roles that didn't seem to suit him as well, which may have been detrimental to his improvement as a player.
 

TheGreatBarryB

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So what happens if Parish is having a stinker of a game in the midfield ? Of course you move forward or back during the game - What happens if Parish is not 100% fit for an important game ? Do you leave him in the midfield for the whole game or rotate him forward to get best use of his abilities on the day - too many see games only in black and white.
Definitely move him like we may do with Merrett or Hepp but why on earth would you play him 80% up forward (Swans) when one of your other inside mids (Myers) was stinking it up? There’s been plenty of other times when Parish has spent vast amount of the game HF or wing while last Myers doesn’t do enough inside
 

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And that's the problem with our team coaching staff have a habit of playing players in their wrong positions. Parish was drafted as a mid so you play him as a mid,Francis a defender not a forward etc.
 

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For all the talk about how short our mids are it's good to see that with Parish, the fight in the PIG was measured well. And if we're going by his numbers over 3 games, how good is his upside when Smith and Shiel return?
 

Duckworth

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From Twomey’s article...”Spent 80% of time up forward against Swans”.....while Myers laboured in the middle.
I liked this bit
With Parish in the centre square, Essendon has won the clearance 60 per cent of the time (31 clearances from his 52 centre bounce attendances)...... Without him in the middle, Essendon wins the clearance 46 per cent of the time
Probably best to just play him in the middle, but what do I know about coaching.
 

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