Can you list these many games?Knight has been afforded many chances to develop as a tagger, he's just not very good at it.
I'm not too bothered by him having a spot on our list, but he's not going to trouble any of the games top line mids.
Lol, Knight has hardly played many games on-ball in a tagging role for any significant time.He played the rest of the year in that role, and wasn't good.
The fact is, he isn't a very good player wherever he plays.
Kelly should be at least tried on the taller midfield types, particularly as most push forward & he can follow them.On the subject of taggers, I would like to see Jake Kelly be given the opportunity to take on the role of negating the oppo's best midfielder.
He has a defensive mindset, by all reports, is an aerobic beast and loves the niggle. I also think he may have played a bit of midfield in his juniors.
I think he would be ideal as a negating player.
Knight is only thought of after his decent performance against Selwood that one time. Otherwise, has he really been that effective?
I just can't see a place in the team for him as we need to give games to Jones, McHenry, Hamill, Sholl etc as their upside is much bigger than Riley's.
I know who he is, I just don't rate him at all. He has a great running capacity, that's it. He's David MackayLol, Knight has hardly played many games on-ball in a tagging role for any significant time.
I'm starting to wonder whether you actually know who he is.
2017 I'd say, and they tried again in 18.How long ago?
Maybe because in the few times we have tried it, he's been spanked.Sure, but now you are just spreading blatant mistruths on his tagging opportunities on ball.
He has not been given a decent go in this role!
Kane’s right, you’ve made out as if he’s had a decent go at tagging and failed, you’ve had to go back to 2017 & maybe 18, none this year.Maybe because in the few times we have tried it, he's been spanked.
It's almost as humourous as when Rowey suggests using Hugh Greenwood as a tagging option..... but at least Riley can run.
He never really had much before though. Played a few good games and kicked straight for goal, but it's been obvious that he doesn't have any stand out traits.I like it. I think people forget that a number of normally quality players stalled or went backwards the last couple of years after the GF and the overcorrection of game plan. As others have mentioned, give him a year and see if he can reclaim his spark under a new coach and gameplan.
I like to call Knight's role the Opposite Side Graveyard SpecialistI defy anyone to accurately explain what Knight has been trying to do or the role he's been playing during the last couple of seasons
Apart from being invisible
Put him in one bloody position, that suits his strengths, and see if he can develop into a quality player.People forget just how much promise Riley showed before losing his way the last couple of years added to by the niggling injuries he's had to endure...
I like flexibility in a side, in fact most of us bemoan the fact we don't throw the magnets around enough.Put him in one bloody position, that suits his strengths, and see if he can develop into a quality player.
Stop using him as a bit part player and shuffling him into a variety of different positions and roles (STOP DOING THIS WITH EVERYONE, PLEASE).
by no means do I expect him to be a star, but in his first year or 2 i thought he showed more than enough skill and mongrel to be a useful part of a decent team. I think the fact that it is a 1 year contract points to this being his year to turn things around or he will be delisted, had it been a 4 year signing then I agree it would be another case of the MackaysHe never really had much before though. Played a few good games and kicked straight for goal, but it's been obvious that he doesn't have any stand out traits.
Occasionally players improve out of sight but very rarely.
He hasn't shown anything worth persisting with if you ask me. I hope he doesn't turn into another Mackay
It's not a disaster. But you swap Knight for any of the players who left and the squad will be stronger for it.Yeah, I don't think a 1 year contract for Knight is really something to get all glass half empty about. Let's see how he goes and not assume that he's going to get selected head of McHenry and the like under a new coach "because established player".
Hey Shorty,Every one went bananas when he half stopped Duckwood one night at AO, but really he's never been nor will he ever be an effective tagger.
Guys like Danger, Kelly, Cripps etc that rip us to shreds aren't going to worry about a small vanilla mid like Riley. I don't disagree we need a tagging type and I'd be surprised if we don't try it..... it just shouldn't be Riley Knight.
If there's a spot for him it's probably as a defensive forward. Play on those Saad, Houil, Maynard rebounders and hit them.the other way.