What Would U Like See Against the Dees On Monday 8th March

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yebiga

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I disagree about his forward instincts. He's kicked a couple of goals with quick kicks off the ground from a contest at sharp angles and has a few assists with clever knock ons. Compared to most key forwards I actually think he's pretty good.
I agree that sometimes his timing on his leads is off and he can get stuck in no man's land but in games where our ball use is more direct he seems to be much better.
His kicking for goal is a not very fluid but is serviceable while his kicking in defence was always edge of your seat stuff. I think people forget this. As you mentioned his field kicking is not great so playing him close to goal remedies this to an extent.
His 2 strengths are being able to take a contested mark even when the ball is kicked to the opposition's advantage and being able recover faster from a making contest than his opponents.
Both of those traits are huge in our forward line where we rarely much to advantage and are often outnumbered.
Naughton wouldn't have the same licence to try to mark everything as a defender so that would diminish one of his strengths.
I think long term is a no brainer to develop Naughton as a forward.
This year is a trickier proposition because of our apparent weakness in defence and oversupply of tall forward options.
Glad to hear a coherent counter-argument.
I would only add that when he did play in defence, he did take a number of contested marks and routinely intercepted kicks. As for his kicking in defence, if I remember correctly, he played within his limitations. I don't recall being overly worried as I am with Gardiner or was with Suckling.

Still your points are well made.

Tell me, though, are you at all concerned that he is a little reckless with his own body up forward, not protecting himself in packs and likely to remain injury prone? Or do you believe it is just a run of bad luck and he is overdue for an extended healthy run?
 

flipper83

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Glad to hear a coherent counter-argument.
I would only add that when he did play in defence, he did take a number of contested marks and routinely intercepted kicks. As for his kicking in defence, if I remember correctly, he played within his limitations. I don't recall being overly worried as I am with Gardiner or was with Suckling.

Still your points are well made.

Tell me, though, are you at all concerned that he is a little reckless with his own body up forward, not protecting himself in packs and likely to remain injury prone? Or do you believe it is just a run of bad luck and he is overdue for an extended healthy run?
You're right about his kicking, he stayed within his limitations which usually meant sideways kicks to open team mates. Ideally I think you want your interceptors to be able hit a quick kick up the field while the opposition is positioned offensively to take advantage of the turn over. I don't think Naughtons kicking will ever be at that level so the quick rebound would depend on players coming past for the quick hand pass. With the new man on the mark rule you could probably do that fairly consistently but it does add a layer of predictability.

As for the injuries I can't say I remember clearly how many times he has been injured in a marking contest but I think it was only really the arm last year. The knee against GWS was in a tackle.

I actually think Naughton has remarkable body control when flying for marks as he often seems to be the only one left standing in quite a few big pack situations.

I do get nervous when he launches over the top of packs but I think if we tried to stop Naughton flying for marks we're robbing him of his greatest weapon.

I can completely see the argument for pushing him back and wouldn't complain if he was in the short term but long term I think he's got the potential to be a once in a generation forward.
 

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