Player Watch #32 James Bell - debuting this week!

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caesar88

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It would be nice for Bell to play midfield. That is where his form was in the 2s.

Lets move JPK forward and ask him to adapt. Play Bell and others in the mids.
In fairness Bell was on the wing quite a lot which realistically is going to be his ideal position. The problem is in the second half the midfield just completely capitulated. It felt like none of our mids besides Kennedy and Florent got more than about 7 touches for the whole half, so doubtful guys like Bell were going to.
 

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I don't think he'll make it as an outside player. Not quick enough or precise enough by foot. Maybe as a defender if he has good application and focus.
 

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I don't think he'll make it as an outside player. Not quick enough or precise enough by foot. Maybe as a defender if he has good application and focus.
Yeah, he might look like Jetta on the field but plays nothing like him. Not that quick, but surprisingly big bodied, at best in close. Inside mid/defender is the way to go I reckon.
 

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Agreed, he doesn't have the electric pace or powerful/precise kicking to be an effective wingman imo. His strengths are his poise in tight situations - he has really quick and nice hands and he seems pretty happy around contact. Those could help as an inside player or, where I'd like to see him played next year, as a small defender. Give him the task to learn how to play on really good small forwards.

Give him Luke Brown, Neville Jetta, and of course Nick Smith as guys to watch and learn from.
 

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Agreed, he doesn't have the pace or powerful/precise kicking to be an effective wingman imo. His strengths are his poise in tight situations - he has really quick and nice hands which could help as an inside player or, where I'd like to see him played next year, as a small defender. Give him the task to learn how to play on really good small forwards.

Give him Luke Brown, Neville Jetta, and of course Nick Smith as guys to watch and learn from.
What about an inside/outside mid that drifts forward
 

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What makes you say that? 2nd year player, given a chance through the guts in the ressies and starts to dominate, breaks into the firsts late in the season. Hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in the firsts but is clearly on an upward trajectory. Hardly a sure thing, but it would be silly not to give him another year.
 

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What makes you say that? 2nd year player, given a chance through the guts in the ressies and starts to dominate, breaks into the firsts late in the season. Hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in the firsts but is clearly on an upward trajectory. Hardly a sure thing, but it would be silly not to give him another year.
I have to say I’m with Punts on this one. I don’t like writing off the kids and I also don’t think there’s anything wrong with not having an immediate impact in your first few senior games. But usually there are small, tiny glimpses of what a player can do, even if they’re young and raw and only getting several touches. I’ve just not seen any of that in Bell (thus far). He had a few good games in the NEAFL to earn his debut but it feels like some on here are looking for positive attributes of Bell’s as a player that may not be there.
 

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