Maybe ask those key forwards if competing and making sure the ball hits the ground etc are things that matter??Does Charlie? Because I have played with some pretty good KFs in my time and some bad KFs and the only things that matter in that position is LEADING, MARKING, and KICKING GOALS. I have said this before and I will keep repeating it, bringing the ball to ground as a game plan is insane all you are doing is adding extra complexity to a pretty simple formula kick mark goal. By turning a potential 1v1 between a leading FF and trailing FB into a scrap on the ground where you invite in all the small defenders.
your view on a key forward is too simplistic, it’s 1980s key forwards.. no key forward just leads and marks.. I can’t think of one in the league that does it. Let along mark and lead to a drew, spp, boak or wines kick..pointless leading to that..
charlies role is to compete and bring the ball to ground and our band of elite skills will go to work. He had a shocker last night but he wasn’t alone. He takes the best defender and then most times he also has the next best handing off him and if the ball movement is slow he has the ruckman dropping back.. and most of the times he gets the ball to ground, throws his body at the contest to bring it to ground.
sure he has concrete hands at times, but I’ll take him over anything we have and to think people want ladhams back in, in his place..fu** me, the side is doomed if we have ladhams as our big gorilla.
he adds far more to this side then I think some give him credit.