Player Watch #9: Luke Davies-Uniacke - Shacked up with A.Bonar and back in training.

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the Ziebull

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maybe will cover more ground with less size, but hopefully puts that back on over the course of the year and maintains stamina gains
 

Barassi Scowl

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Personally I want to see him crack in.
I believe he probably has the ability to make it, but I've seen him avoid contact enough times to give me some real doubts. Not just after he was carrying his injuries.
Yes he's young but most players don't learn to go hard, they have it or they don't.
Fingers crossed he gains the confidence and campaigner to go on with it.
 

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He is very tentative at stages. Often gets caught out flat footed.

I’m still of the opinion that he is going to be a brute strength inside midfielder, he is going to be a mid that will have to be on the move (like Higgins) to get the most benefit out of his game.
Seems to lack confidence when he has ball in hand and looks around to see if he’s in the correct position.
Might of been scotts overcomplicating a simple game
 

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He looks like he has given the shoulders and upper body a rest. Sounded like they needed it especially with the op and all.

These blokes will hit the weights pretty hard pre-Christmas. He will look significantly different in a month i reckon. Doesnt take long to regain strength after a break in my experience.
 

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Seems to lack confidence when he has ball in hand and looks around to see if he’s in the correct position.
Might of been scotts overcomplicating a simple game
This doesn't look like a young bloke lacking confidence to me mate.

 

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He looks like he has given the shoulders and upper body a rest. Sounded like they needed it especially with the op and all.

These blokes will hit the weights pretty hard pre-Christmas. He will look significantly different in a month i reckon. Doesnt take long to regain strength after a break in my experience.
Agree, and he has no better example than Mr 4 Shoulder reco’s himself, Robbie Tarrant, to guide him in his strength rebuilding.
 

The Y Factor

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Apart from using brute strength to physically break away from tackles, the ability to assess the situation and get off an advantageous handball while being tackled should be a skill being practiced by the entire squad, always more than 1 way to skin a cat.

You mean practicing the “Cunnington”
 

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Fair enough mate. I am not as pessimistic as you about Luke, I just acknowledge that players of his type take time.

We'll revisit this in the middle of 2021 and see who was closer to the mark. :thumbsu:
I don’t have doubts mate.

Think in two years he’ll be in our best 5 players with tarryn
 

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I don’t have doubts mate.

Think in two years he’ll be in our best 5 players with tarryn
Good to read that. I suppose you're a little anxious to see him really arrive, and I suspect we'll see it in bursts this year.

I'm VERY bullish about Luke.
 

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Can't remember where the quote came from but a good metric for judging how a player will turn out is something along the lines of "it's not what they do, it's how they do it" and I feel this is very applicable to Luke. You can see him try to take on players, and burst / spin his way out of trouble. Problem is he just isn't physically strong enough yet to pull it off.
 
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