Is Markovic Markov? If so he is a long, long way away from being elite. Got some pace but average decision maker/kick, average moustache. Tigers off loaded him for a a future 3rd that they are unlikely to use. I would take Docherty or Saad over 5 Markov's. Lukosius is an elite kick and can hurt you if allowed. I would say he is a an average competitor though.I try and make some comments based on how I've seen the game or on various players in various threads.
Game day threads | Autopsies | Previews- generally speaking dont get into too much detail about the opposition- which is a shame - since that is the task at hand.
eg there seems to be a consensus view that Suns should be easy beats- I disagree based on the way they have been playing and some of the elite talent they have in areas where we won't be able to match them.
eg they will destroy Murphy and Dow through their HBFnks - Lukosius and Markovic are elite talents - arguably better than Docherty Saad combo we have. King up front for mine is a far better prospect than Harry - again just based on how he moves and plays his role.
There are a few of us who like to look at stuff like this but you have to have the time to go through all the commentary to find specific examples of some form of analytical attempt.
I was absolutely crushed watching the way Teague was outcoached by Buckley in the Collingwood game - that game has made me seriously question Carlton's ability to seriously consider how good opposition is likely to set up against us.
Games like Fremantle are good for the win - but they were so undermanned that a loss would have been a disaster so I don't take too much out of it except for new player input into the win - where Parks/Cottrell - were definitely value-added contributors AND the disapointing fact that they won the second half....Teague should have pressed for a large win for percentage imapct if nothing else.
If we beat Suns ( big if) and one of Port and or Brisbane we are back on track - but right now we have a lot of weak links in the side to be exploited by opposition coaches via match ups and game plan.
I agree that the Collingwood game was disappointing but it doesn't define our season. Each match is 4.54% of our year.
I would argue that we were more undermanned than Freo last weekend with Charlie, Jack Martin, Zac Fisher, Setters, Marchy, TDK, Mitch McG unavailable or coming back from injury. All would either be in our best 22 or have strong claims to be.