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Those comparisons at same age are super impressive, but keep in mind it is very rare for a player to be given so much responsibility after so few games, and that is partly driving his insane numbers compared to some very impressive peers. If Mitchell was playing, or Worpel was on a team with a deeper midfield, the comparisons probably wouldn't be quite as flattering as it is unlikely we'd have put this much load on his shoulders this early.

Having said that, the fact that he's been asked to partly cover for Mitchell and take on massive responsibility compared to his experience levels and is performing as well as he is, is super exciting.
 

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Here is a list of the number of contested possessions in the first 18 games of the careers of every brownlow medallist since 2006.

One other player has been included by way of comparison.


CONTESTED POSSESSIONS THROUGH FIRST 18 GAMES

James Worpel 164
Dustin Martin 158
Tom Mitchell 149
Matt Priddis 148
Scott Pendlebury 148
Chris Judd 138
Nat Fyfe 129
Patrick Dangerfield 121
Adam Goodes 120
Gary Ablett Jr 119
Jimmy Bartel 109
Trent Cotchin 105
Adam Cooney 103
Sam Mitchell 99
Dane Swan 85
 

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Here is a list of the number of contested possessions in the first 18 games of the careers of every brownlow medallist since 2006.

One other player has been included by way of comparison.


CONTESTED POSSESSIONS THROUGH FIRST 18 GAMES

James Worpel 164
Dustin Martin 158
Tom Mitchell 149
Matt Priddis 148
Scott Pendlebury 148
Chris Judd 138
Nat Fyfe 129
Patrick Dangerfield 121
Adam Goodes 120
Gary Ablett Jr 119
Jimmy Bartel 109
Trent Cotchin 105
Adam Cooney 103
Sam Mitchell 99
Dane Swan 85
Amazing Oliver managed to rack up 201 contested in his first 18 games.
 
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