I agree but anybody mid kicking 38 goals albeit in their debut season is a very impressive feat. It’s the best season a 19 year old has played in the last decade. He is clearly a very capable forward and one that would have a place in every forward line in the competition.
He's already beyond capable as a forward and will get much better as his strength and marking improves. The kid's a freak. Anyone who is suggesting they'd prefer W. Rioli on their list is just fishing. No point in discussing. Can't wait for a few years time when he and Degoey are changing out of the centre square and tearing teams to shreds in both roles.
Daniel has not shown he is a tier above Willie. Think you are over selling him there. Willie showed in the JLT where he could potentially be headed this season. It was only his debut season last year for god sake.
Willie Rioli was fat last year and was no where near his peak. And the dude is not 33. He's 23 and has been in the AFL system 1 year.
Daniel Rioli is 2 years younger.
Why is it, that Daniel Rioli will continue to evolve in strength, muscle mass and speed. But Willie Rioli has peaked as a 23 year old in his first year in the competition?
Are you even thinking about what you are saying? What a wild assertion to say a player has peaked physically and with his skills at 23. my god. Did you see what happened to Jack Darling last year? I guess not. Henney turns 23 this year, has he already peaked? What about De Goey?
Just trying to understand because I usually rate West Coast fans as pretty level headed.
Are you guys seriously suggesting you don't think Stephenson is better than Rioli? You seriously don't think West Coast would make that trade in a heartbeat?
On Elliott, the bloke has been as injured as anyone yet still manages to be a reliable 2 goal a game player as a small marking forward. Discount him if you like but the bloke is an excellent footballer when fit, which he is now.