Tom Mitchell carried the Hawks on his back to 15 wins and 4th place in 2018
No midfielder worked harder to win contested ball, win a loose ball, run to receive, or pressure the opposition into giving it back.
This season with Mitchell sidelined, the Hawthorn midfield is being spanked on a weekly basis. The Hawks are stumbling along in 9th place and they're relying on Clarkson's smoke and mirrors to be competitive and pinch any win they can.
Big Footy operates parallel to reality in its own universe with its own rules, logic and belief systems.
People post their opinions in this echo chamber without actually watching many games besides their own team.
Sad to say that Ollie Wines is that sort of player. Gets plenty of it but generally turns it over and can often be a bad influence on Ports overall game. Has a long way to go so hopefully improves over time.
Can't agree on that one. I had him as one of the most influential players ever. Most of his touches he played to his limitations by handballing to a more penetrating kicker. But he got it out and got the team moving. At the same time took the opposition's best player out of the game week in week out. So got Port moving and negated the opposition = influential.
I think Andrew Gaff and Jake Lloyd are the best nominations.
Never paid a lot of attention to West Coast a few years ago. Then I noticed one season Gaff started to get a ton of the footy every week. They had climbed up the ladder so I watched them more. He’d have his 30 odd each week and I’d barely notice his impact.
Lloyd is a similar player but as a defender.
One thing I will say though is with some of these players is that we don’t see everything they do on TV. Even if we go to games we don’t know what role they’re being asked to perform each week.
A lot of elite running players being nominated in this thread. I agree you don’t notice the impact of the likes of Gaff, Phillips, Scully etc. But I’m sure their coaches don’t view them that way.
324 games. 7 time best and fairest (club record). 5 time AA. 2 time runner up in brownlow. Leading possession getter on the ground in consecutive prelims. Even if you’re right your post is better suited to an unpopular opinions thread!
Same as others, I think it's more the contribution Scully gives to a side with his running and work rate. When you're trying to juggle rotations, a bloke who can play in the middle and spend 90%+ TOG is worth their weight in gold.
We are allowed to have different opinions. Was completely anonymous in the last nine and a half minutes against Collingwood. His only touch was kicking the ball out on the full which directly led to a Collingwood goal. Not saying he isn't an excellent player- he is. But he's not as influential as many of your own supporters would lead you to believe and unfortunately he went missing with the game on the line on Saturday.