Your perspective seems to reflect a really superficial stats based pov.You must have missed the spell Guthrie had on Bont, you know, where he tore us a new one and almost got the Dogs back in the game.
Guthrie's game yesterday was rubbish. His defensive game was rubbish, his usefulness (when it happened) with the footy was purely circumstantial, in other words, if it fell his way, he picked it up and sometimes was effective. He had plenty of opportunity to win the footy during the long periods he had in the midfield, he failed most times.
His disposal tally for a mid, not good enough. 11 touches? WTF? You'd expect that from a rookie, not a 150 game senior player. In an open, high scoring game too? The only reason anyone is accepting this is we're winning, which in such an even competition is an idiotic contention.
We got beaten for long periods of the game in the midfield, I wonder if this would have happened if someone else was in there trying to actually win the footy rather than worrying about standing there with his arm around whichever opposition player is closest. This guy is almost always our worst mid, every week. He should be challenging Duncan at least, the reality is he's never played a single game as good as Duncan's yesterday.
Every game we give Guthrie is a wasted opportunity for the team / a youngster to grow into a the player he will never be.
How do you know that he is not a designated player to run with opposition players? That he doesn't stop Bont is no crime- we were not winning the hitouts.
When Guthrie does get stats, you criticise their quality.
Duncan is off the leash while everybody targets Kelly, Danger and GAJ.
Not every player is out there to amass stats to justify their spot, or to appease your obsessional and pathological hatred . You even give him votes in your MVP you're so obsessed by him.
Get over it and accept the MC and most balanced supporters can see there is a role for him.