- Feb 10, 2007
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Celtics, AC Milan
Richmond had Dustin Martin, Cotchin, Riewoldt and Rance as their pillars and added in Prestia, Caddy etc. Essendon don’t have a Dustin Martin, nor a Rance, you would say Cotchin has been better than all of their midfielders so far. Daniher wants to leave and probably will. Not sure what they’re trying to do but reality is there list is very unbalanced. Doesn’t have key position forwards of note apart from Daniher and limited key backs coming through once Hooker and Hurley and they’re not far off that. But who knows their best is decent when they click.This is not going to be a popular post, but I see 2020 Essendon similarly to how I saw 2016 Richmond. I see them doing something completely different, working in a weird direction compared to the rest of the comp, and it won't make sense what they're doing until they 'finish'.
For a team that doesn't have any true inside mids, they don't struggle to get the ball the way Richmond does. For a team that doesn't tackle, they don't struggle to get their opponents to kick to their intercept defenders, which almost all of their defense can do. They have a number of problems - of which allowing their opponents to take the ball from one end all the way to the other without any pressure is one, and their scoring when Daniher is not out there or performing is another - but they aren't insurmountable by any means. Sure, they'd need 4-6 players standing up and having career best years and they need to add 1-3 more players to their midfield rotation, but their problem is structural and gameplan related rather than personnel related.
It's like their coaches want to play a completely different brand to what they're telling Dodo to build the list for, or someone higher up in the club is interfering with the football department. In either case, I hope they don't get their act together, but I'm going to be unsurprised if things manage to click.
Now, someone go get a mod and red card me.